It’s easier than ever to create photos and we can sometimes be a bit overwhelmed by them. If you have hundreds of good images, how can you display and enjoy them in the home? “A picture is worth a thousand words”. We’ve all heard the saying and know that memories and emotions can be more easily be conveyed far more effectively by an image than a description does. So what happens when you have a thousand images; what magnitude story can that tell? One way is via a photo-mosaic. In the same way that a tile mosaic is created by small individual pieces of ceramic making up a greater whole, a photo-mosaic uses hundreds of images to create something larger, something greater than the sum of it’s parts.
The mosaics I’m sharing today are particularly special to me, as it’s my own children, my own family memories. These images literally are a labour of love; made with, for and by love. It’s a project that’s been a long time in the making. The photos of D cover the first eight years of his life, while the photos of D cover her first six. Making the selection from the library of images has been the hardest part of this task, as I have thousands of each of them. There’s all sort of photos: smartphone snaps, test shoots, proper portrait sessions, photos from family & friends, you name it, there are all in there.
Once the library of images was edited down, I analysed the colours & overall feel of them to see what would work best as the background/main image. As there were a lot of blues, greens & yellows, photographing the kids by a wheat field seemed a good choice. They wore red tops and blue shorts/dress in order to give the best contest and make the best use of the colour balance. Once we were happy with the background image, the work could start on the mosaics themselves. There’s a software package that helps with layout and then it’s into Photoshop to make sure that the photos in both portrait and landscape are displayed properly and that the images are balanced and optimised correctly. These images are going to be printed at 45 x 30 inches (115cm x 76), with each photo around the size of a photographic negative or slide film.
Often I print out a smaller preview to check the placement of images in details and to confirm that the balance is right between the individual photos looking good closeup, versus the overall image showing well at a distance. Once we’re happy with everything, they can go off to the printers and from there onto pride of place on the wall.
Each individual photo tells a story. Every time I look at the mosaics, I see something different, some fresh detail, some renewed memory. It’s a great privilege to be able to create personalised family artwork such as this. These thousands of photos are worth more than I can express.