Ein Footballhelm aus Melone, ein Ei als Teil einer Glühbirne, ein Pudel mit Blumenkohl-Kopf: Der US-Künstler Stephen McMennamy aus Atlanta hat einen Blick für bizarre Bildkompositionen. Was aussieht wie mit Photoshop zusammengebastelt, sind in Wahrheit zwei nebeneinander gelegte und verschmolzene Aufnahmen, die sich in Form und Farbe ähneln – und beeindruckend ergänzen.
steamroller + bread 🍞 a little flatbread action for all you flatbread lovers out there. special thanks to Allen McKinney for his assistance on this one. we knocked this one out last summer and I've just been patiently waiting for him to get in on the @Instagram game. he isn't there yet... for some lame reason and I'm tired of waiting. to his credit, he does own a paving operation... and I don't, so who's the lame one now? I would tell everyone to send him some props for hooking me up with this shot, but I don't want to blow up his pager on a school night. 💥📟💥 additional thanks to Willie Thomas for his exceptional driving/modeling skills behind that steamroller. #combophoto
banana + car this one was supposed to be a 🍋, but it ended up just being another 🍌 #combophoto. it's the fruit that keeps on giving. and there's always more banana ideas in the pipeline (and the lemon thing may still happen). see you next week. same time, same place. chances are good it'll be something with fruit, maybe pencils, could be more peppers, perhaps something with skittles or cereal or bread or balloons.
turf + cake just taking samples of earth's delicious core. thanks to @morganlandd for snagging me this piece of turf. and thanks to whoever made this slice of cake over at @thefreshmarket. I took the cake shot back in January (so #tbt I guess?). apparently it can take a while for these things to come together. #combophoto #⛳️🍰
cauliflower + poodle. while working in San Francisco last week, I managed to capture this #combophoto on the fly. pretty spontaneous stuff and it went down a little something like this: spotted a herd of standard poodles (3=herd)... asked for a photo while my subject took a tennis balls break (she, and her walker, said yes, but I made a crucial mistake and forgot to get names)... quickly took to the pavement and made a beeline to the nearest market (@mollie_stones)... secured some quality cauliflower... dismantled cauliflower... shot a bunch of cauliflower test subjects... found a match... (take a breath) and here's where I netted out. I actually got sweaty making this one. hills, people. thanks San Francisco mystery poodle and sorry cauliflower. #🐩 almost forgot... shot on the #iPhone (#iPhone6)
totally blown away by the fact that I was interviewed by @klustout on @CNN earlier this week. pretty floored by it all. I can't thank you guys enough for all the support. video link added in my profile. piece of string + rope swing school starts back up next week. so here I am just trying to hang on to that last little bit of summer. one of the things I love most about photography is its ability to make time stand still. my daughter was 9 when I took this. she'll be 10 before we know it, but in this photo... being 9, the trip to the lake, this summer... will forever remain frozen in a single shot. #combophoto
a back + apricot what can I say, I was inspired by the lax dress code along the French Riviera. thanks to @mikelawson and @paulflann51 who were my test pilots on this one. I'm genuinely surprised how willing complete strangers were to let me give them an apricot butt. in one particular case the language barrier just made the whole thing too weird. imagine me, who speaks zero French, trying to explain this concept a guy who speaks zero English... none (with an apricot and a camera in my hand). turns out @siljekristiansen4's husband ended up being the back that got the apricot. more #combophoto's ⬅️ here. #ComboPhotos
winter + summer ❄️🍦 though it isn't officially summer yet, it's officially hot as hell in Atlanta. so here's a little #tbt to the cooler months. thank you @erriemarie and @gnarguin for helping me get this shot during my last visit to @whistlerblacomb. and a big thanks to my youngest for her exceptional hand modeling skills. more #combophoto's ⬅️ here. #ComboPhotos
golf ball + water tower I've seen this water tower numerous times, but only from the air. if you're landing in Atlanta from the west (and you're on the left side of the plane), you'll see it. it's just beyond the airport and conveniently located right by a golf course, which I where I got the used golf ball (for 75¢). it was kind of fun trying to track down the water tower. I went to google earth and looked for the white dot west of the airport. I took the drone out on a Sunday and learned the hard way that there are automatic height restrictions when you fly a drone around any airport. whatever the limit was, this vantage point seemed to do the trick. not sure why, but the tower from the ground was quite a spectacle, or it was to me anyway. I'll put a ground view photo on @combophotofail. check out more #combophoto's ⬅️ here. #🎮🚁 #ComboPhotos
UPDATE: as most of you saw when this was originally posted, I put it to a vote between two different plane tails. the results are posted over at @combophotofail. thanks again to all that participated. seagull + airplane the seagull was taken on the Santa Monica pier and the airplane (I think it's a MD90 or MD88) was taken at the Hertz rental car return lot at LAX. both locations have pretty great vantage points if you're looking to capture the undercarriage of flying animals or machines. more #combophoto's ⬅️ here. #vscocam #seagull #airplane #MD90 #MD88 #avgeek #layout #combophotos
. hotdog + telehandler (aka: big forklift)🍴 special thanks to Jose Santillan for his convincing performance of befuddlement over a giant invisible hotdog. actually I just asked him to "look up" and he pretty much brought his own magic to the party from there. and props to the construction foreman for the use of one of his many heavy equipment props (and that wall). more #combophoto's ⬅️ here. #combophotos
monster truck + donuts. 🚚🍩 another cloudy day on the east side. consider this my attempt at bringing a little sun/fun to the party. and personally I think it would behoove the dunkin' donuts corporation to construct such a vehicle. more #combophoto's ⬅️ here. and an outtake at @combophotofail. #monstertruck #truck #donut #vscocam #combophotos
surfboard + knife 🏄🔪 sometimes I plan these out, but most of the time an idea just pops in my head and then I impulsively abandon everything I'm doing to go shoot random objects and see what happens. this was definitely a "go shoot and see what happens" exercise. on this one in particular the issue wasn't whether or not the two objects would combine as much as finding a background that worked (which happens a lot with these). this one started on concrete, which worked okay, but after sitting on it I realized... I'm at the beach, I should try sand. sand was definitely an improvement, but as a last ditch effort I planted the surfboard in the sand, shot the board vertically and then shot the knife handle the same way, lined 'em up in the PicFrame app, rotated everything 90° and this is where I netted out. I started a @combophotofail outtakes page so everyone can see my failed attempts, before and after, etc. check out all the other #combophoto's 👈here. #diptych #surf #surfing #knife #floating #vsco #vscocam #combophotos
fries + smokes 🍟🚬 this took more work than I initially though. I did some early tests on this idea and I found that lining up the perspective of the two objects wasn't the challenge as much as making the fries look right. fast food fries off the shelf (or rack) are consistently imperfect and visually they're pretty thin once they go in to a super size box. I tried numerous times working with "stock" fries, but it just didn't work. in order to match what felt like cigarettes in proportion to the box below I landed on thicker cut frozen fries and just re-propped the whole thing (and actually shot them frozen)... which seemed to work. the construction of this #combophoto really made me appreciate the creative craftiness of the mysterious #foodstylist. you folks make it look easy and you make it look good. hat... tipped #diptych #fries #smokes #food #vsco #vscocam #combophotos
McMennamy sagt, er habe schon immer gern mit Fotos herumgespielt, sie nach Belieben kombiniert. Aber den Anstoß, diese spezielle Art von Illusionen zu kreieren, haben ihm erst Collagen bei Instagram gegeben.
Als eines seiner ersten Projekte nahm er den Kopf seiner Tochter und fügte ihn mit einem Ballon zusammen. Vier Jahre ist das inzwischen her. „Seitdem habe ich mehr und mehr nach Objekten geschaut, die sich übergangslos kombinieren lassen“, sagte McMennamy der Daily Mail.
Surreal, verspielt, natürlich kommen seine Arbeiten daher, als wären Formen und Farben der Fotos füreinander bestimmt. Oft erst auf den zweiten Blick lassen die Bildkompositionen erkennen, wie unterschiedlich die abgebildeten Dinge sind, die scheinbar so harmonisch ineinanderfließen. Meist seien seine Kunstwerke nur eine Laune seiner Kreationsfreude, manchmal aber stünde auch eine subtile Botschaft dahinter – so wie im Fall eines Kraftwerkschornsteins, der in Form einer Zigarette die Umwelt verpestet.
McMennamy sagt, er finde die Vorlagen für seine Kunstwerke auf unterschiedlichstem Wege. Mal wird er in seiner Bild-Datenbank fündig, mal inszeniert er Objekte aufwendig in seiner Garage, durch deren Fenster „ein wunderbar natürliches Licht dringt“. Einfach sei es in keinem Fall. „Jedes Objekt ist eine neue Herausforderung“, sagt McMennamy. Auf den ersten Blick sieht man seinen Kompositionen das jedenfalls nicht an. Und das ist wahrscheinlich das größte Kunststück dabei.