Within these composite images I juxtapose found elements, disparate oddities pulled out of obscurity to become part of an inextricable, clinging team. They enjoy cohering with each other. Shared interests link each element to each of its neighbors.
They may have similar backgrounds, or foregrounds, shapes, colors, textures or associations. Each element was happy being a complete and esthetically exciting image by itself if need be, but when fit in with its unlikely brethren, it adds to the whole’s identity, and thus the whole adds to its identity. The new surrounding uses only part of each element’s possibilities; other surroundings would bring out other possibilities.
A good juxtaposition creates a tension between those forces bringing the elements together and those pulling them apart.
First thing you need to do in order to create a photo collage using found images is to find found images. This of course means keeping your eye out for them. Soon you’ll realize that there is an infinite supply of cheap beautiful images waiting for someone to finally notice their beauty. Look through magazines and newspapers and you’ll see disaster photos, sports photos, black and white landscapes, color cityscapes, aerial photos, car photos, antique portraits, outer space photos, war photos, photos of parades, photos of buildings, photos of animals, portraits of evil leaders and non-evil musicians, paintings and advertising imagery. read more...