About a year ago, I received a bag of old photographs from my father that he no longer wanted. The photos were old, faded, and seemed to be the unwanted photos that never made any albums.
I have been working through an online course on Domestika with Susana Blasco, where the focus is geometric collage. I realized I could 'rescue' some of these old photos for my experiments, and especially use pairs of photos that are almost identical. Below were my two first candidates:
I thought this was an interesting pair because the figures were positioned differently, even though the layout of the overall photo was the same. In each photo, a different person was looking up at the camera.
I took the two photos and sliced them up into 5 millimeter wide strips.
As you can see I lined them up in the original order. I also numbered the strips on the back before cutting, to avoid insanity should they get mixed up! One technique I learned was also to have a plate of glass handy to cover the strips and prevent them being disturbed by outside forces.
Next, I used a glue stick and gradually pasted them onto some paper, alternating the strips from each photo. I used the corner of the sheet as a guide to keep everything straight. As you can see, in some sections, I varied the pattern in order to better capture the figures and their positions.
After I finished, I used a q-tip soaked in alcohol to clean off any glue residue on the surface of the collage. This helped to give it a nice, consistent finish. One of my reflections on the result was that my knife was not sharp enough and that therefore there were imperfections in my cutting. I am at home on lockdown due to covid-19, but have ordered a new cutter for my next project!
Any ideas, comments or snaps of your own geometric collage? Leave them below!