The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Artist Adam Ryder specializes in taking Earthly artifacts and removing them to another plane of existence, creating a jarring fusion of the weird but real, and the just plain weird.

The image above comes from his project Areth: An Architectural Atlas, which takes otherworldly Earth buildings and relocates them on an alien planet. Ryder gathered the photos of strange buildings in Areth by traveling across the U.S., taking pictures, and then transformed them into something alien-looking.

For another project, Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey, he scanned antique photos from the Library of Congress and manipulated them to look like a time and place that never existed. Ryder tells Wired, "Both Areth and Survey ask the viewer to re-imagine the known as the unknown. And hopefully invite viewers to use their own perspective for creative re-imagination of their environment."

Top image: Generational Aggregation, Gamma, from the series 'Areth - An Architectural Atlas'

Check out some photos from Ryder's projects below, and there are tons more at the links. [Areth: An Architectural Atlas and Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey, via Wired]

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Atmospheric Observation Outpost, Omicron, from the series 'Areth - An Architectural Atlas'

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Fabrication Facility, Phi, from the series 'Areth - An Architectural Atlas'

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Field Emitter, Epsilon, from the series 'Areth - An Architectural Atlas'

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Cultural Conventicle, Kappa, from the series 'Areth - An Architectural Atlas'

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Nodal Residence, Xi, from the series 'Areth - An Architectural Atlas'

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Apicultural Manufactory, Alpha, from the series 'Areth - An Architectural Atlas'

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Monastic Retreat At Betharbel, from the series 'Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey'

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Selucian Retreat At Succoth, from the series 'Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey'

The Most Science-Fictional Buildings on Earth, Transported to Other PlanetsS

Sea Temple, from the series 'Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey'