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making a mosaic

May 13, 2010

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so, after spending a lot of time looking at the baron wells website yesterday, i started thinking about pairing images next to one another. there is one image duo in particular that i love (if you are wondering, it’s #2 in the slideshow on their website – the pool and the girl in shorts). it’s really striking how you can put together two images that may not seem obviously complimentary at first, but then bam! next to each other, they are dynamite – and you see something in the images that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. it’s a well-curated selection.

sometimes, i snap photos that i know are “stand-alones” – a photo that really carries its own weight by itself, and the impact of this photo would be lessened if i combined it with others. and then other times, i have a bunch of photos that really tell a story, or evoke a feeling when put together as a group. i love how these images can work together to create something more.

am i making any sense here? it is possible that i’m still jet-lagged. anyway, i started experimenting last night and made a little mosaic of a bunch of images i found on my computer. i played around with it and i decided to post the result today just for fun. these photos, as a group, give me a feeling and an impression that i wouldn’t get from looking at each individual image.

alright, enough heavy thinking for the day. tomorrow is friday and i can’t wait. see you back here then.

  1. May 13, 2010 8:49 am

    I couldn’t agree more. Pairings are something I always like to see but am usually too lazy to curate in my own work. Probably should do something about that.

  2. May 13, 2010 8:51 am

    I love what you have done, they all look great together .
    That car shot ….. Perfection !!!!!

  3. May 13, 2010 8:51 am

    Spot on. Freakin, spot on.

  4. May 13, 2010 8:52 am

    the pool/shorts combination was my favourite too. i think you’re making perfect sense, ferry, and that shot of the MG with the door open? dynamite.

  5. May 13, 2010 8:59 am

    it is lovely. i hardly ever thing to pair, and i wish i would. how do you make your mosaics? do you crop before hand and then pair the squares? or do you afterwords?

    the drink and the road are doing it for me. also i think i’m becoming a lush. a one drink lush, but for me, that’s a lot.

  6. tara thayer permalink
    May 13, 2010 9:03 am

    all i can think of to say is that the shot of the MG is pretty humbling, brian. it is perfect. have a good day!

  7. nina permalink
    May 13, 2010 9:21 am

    you made perfect sense to me and your combos here are such a breath of fresh air. thanks for passing on that website yesterday — you always seem to find the most intriguing and interesting places!

  8. May 13, 2010 9:29 am

    I couldn’t agree more about pairings and placing seemingly different images next to one another. Also, it’s funny (in a good way) to read your post, I had been thinking about pairing some photos together too. A nice coincidence.

  9. May 13, 2010 11:19 am

    Love the bottle green MG. My Dad used to have a Bristol. I’ve always liked that people driving classic cars often wave at each other!
    Images juxtaposed- perfect!

  10. jay l permalink
    May 13, 2010 11:33 am

    hi there! i came upon your website from abbytrysagain@typepad and i’ve since been addicted to it. continue posting your awesome photographs man :D

  11. May 13, 2010 11:48 am

    i love the idea of pairing images to make them stronger as a whole. well done, here. the colors and movement of all these really work together.

  12. May 13, 2010 12:37 pm

    looks amazing,

  13. May 13, 2010 1:15 pm

    I totally agree with you. Mosaics can make images larger than the sum of their parts. And this one illustrates your point perfectly. I love the story you are telling here.

  14. May 13, 2010 2:50 pm

    I think about it a lot. Sometimes I don’t post things on flickr because they don’t belong all by themselves.

  15. May 13, 2010 3:50 pm

    you make quite a lot of sense:)

  16. May 13, 2010 4:27 pm

    It sure is a good idea. I guess its something that makes feature spreads in arty magazines seem more appealing, it’s good that it still translates well on screen

  17. May 13, 2010 5:17 pm

    I know you mentioned a while back that you need to stop photographing vintage cars, but please don’t! I loooooove them, and you capture them so well. :)

  18. May 13, 2010 6:41 pm

    The continuity of color and light creates a fluidity to the pairings, and the mosaic as a whole, that is mesmerizing.

  19. May 13, 2010 6:52 pm

    i actually had a look through the baron wells site yesterday and i think the mood in your pictures above is spot on!

  20. May 14, 2010 6:56 am

    ferry! i love the greens. they go so well together, and yes i agree with you.
    have fun this weekend!

  21. May 16, 2010 6:41 am

    pairing images is such an artform. yours really work well and i agree they seem to tell a story. great link too – i’m finding the pairing of a b/w and colour shot quite stunning. something i wouldn’t have thought of. great stuff.

  22. May 17, 2010 12:17 pm

    what a lovely post :)

    it made my morning a bit better


  23. May 30, 2010 8:31 pm

    This post is wonderful; your photographs are lovely. I’m glad to have stumbled here.


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