About Photocollage

Pearblossom Highway - David HockneyA single photograph represents a split second glance (usually, anyway), from one perspective – we don’t view the world in that way.

Our view of the world is through multiple glances, stitched together for us by our brain. When we look at a scene in front of us, we pay attention to some parts of it and ignore others – some parts might be in sharp focus, others just a blur. Our experience of it might last a few minutes, or it might be over a period of several hours.

I attempt to capture this using the medium of photocollage. It doesn’t answer all of the problems photography poses (David Hockney, the master of the technique, rejected it in favour of a return to painting), but, well, I’m better at it than I am at painting.

Although I use digital photos and software to compose the images, it’s still a manual process (the software doesn’t  stitch the photos together automatically). I choose which photos are in front of others, which photos to include or exclude and what angles they are at.

Featured Image – Pearblossom Highway, David Hockney, 1986