Mix it up Make a face mon­tage

Digital Camera World - - PHOTO PROJECTS -

Back in the 1980s, artist David Hock­ney pieced to­gether Po­laroid pho­tos into col­lages that showed

a sub­ject from mul­ti­ple an­gles. Hock­ney’s ‘join­ers’ cap­tured the public imag­i­na­tion. Since then, the tech­nique has been much im­i­tated, to the point where it has al­most be­come a bit old-hat. There’s even a phone app – The Hock­ney­izer – that will do the job for you, which is prob­a­bly about as far from the orig­i­nal spirit of the idea as you can get.

Ex­per­i­ment with this photo col­lage tech­nique and you’ll find there’s still life in it, though, thanks to the un­usual point of view that it cre­ates and the ef­fect that it has on an ev­ery­day scene. Hock­ney’s join­ers were all about play­ing with space and time – he was in­ter­ested in how our eyes see a scene by pick­ing out de­tails and study­ing them from dif­fer­ent an­gles, and how we turn a 3D world into a 2D im­age. If you stay true to those ideals when you shoot the im­ages you need for this, the re­sults can be stun­ning.

Start by shoot­ing a set of por­traits taken from dif­fer­ent an­gles – some cropped in tight, oth­ers looser. Va­ri­ety is a good thing here, as sub­tle dif­fer­ences be­tween the frames will help to set them apart.

From here you’ve got two op­tions: you can ar­range your col­lage in Pho­to­shop, piec­ing the im­ages to­gether and adding shad­ows to sug­gest depth; or you can take the old-school ap­proach and print out the pho­tos and ar­range them by hand.

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