Nowadays we have so many art tools and softwares like Photoshop or Illustrator that almost everyone can create digital art. Even though it's really exciting that we have so many opportunities, at the same time it's becoming more and more difficult to come up with creative ideas that would be thrilling and different from others. However, one artist still manages to do that. Previously featured on Bored Panda here and here, Atlanta-based creative director and Instagram star Stephen McMennamy is back with his new surreal photo collages!
His ongoing digital photo manipulation series is called 'ComboPhoto' and we should say it's a pretty intriguing personal project. He creates fascinating collages by combining interesting photos of unrelated items and playful scenes, carefully splitting them in half and placing them next to each other. The interesting part is that he doesn't use stock images so he takes every cool photo himself so sometimes it can take weeks for him to find the perfect subject!
"I was bored (no pun intended)... just playing with a collage app, loading pictures. I noticed the similar shapes between a balloon and my daughter's head, I combined the two and that’s how it all began. From there, I just started looking around for other things I could combine. And the rest is history" - the artist told Bored Panda about how everything started.
The artist admits that at first he used the iPhone to capture photos and the PicFrame app for photo editing, however, now he has a professional camera and uses Photoshop. What began a small side project just for fun has become a wonderful obsession. And we can totally see it from the quality of his collages!
From a hose forming a waterfall and falling on a father with his daughter, two fingers forming legs and walking to a giant flower which is serving as an umbrella to a little girl, these collages are really thought-provoking and will make you look twice at them. So let's dive together into this thrilling magical world where the artist makes everything possible!
Note: this post originally had 97 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.