As I see my evolution unfold before me as a photographer– I am starting to think BEYOND single-images that get lots of likes on social media. Instead, I am very interested in this notion of creating image-collages — a visual tapestry of images.
1. WordPress and ’tiled gallery’
A simple solution is to use wordpress.com, and use the ’tiled gallery’ feature. This is what I use to automatically have my images collage into a nice little format as seen below:
2. Which photos should I include in my collage?
Honestly– do whatever you want! For myself, I like to select images which put a smile on my face.
Simple ways you can also categorize your photo-collages:
- Location: For example, all photos from a certain city like all photos from Mexico City or Saigon. Or you can expand it to include all photos from a country (like my ONLY IN AMERICA project).
- Mood: Select photos which evoke a similar mood (usually I categorize this based on the camera I shoot with, with or without flash, and the color tones).
- Thematic concept: For my SUITS project — I included photos of men in suits, all looking and feeling miserable. My thematic notion was simple: Create a photo project which tells the viewer, ‘Money doesn’t buy you happiness– we must discover happiness somewhere else.’
3. Consistency and variety
I think when you are making a photo-collage, we want to keep things visually interesting for yourself and for your viewer. A simple strategy is this:
Include images which look visually similar, yet look visually dissimilar.
For example what you can do:
- Include photos all shot with the same camera (but of different subject-matter).
- Have photos of all the similar composition, but with all different cameras.
- Photograph the same subject-matter (all men in suits), but in different scenarios/situations.
- Shoot all the same aesthetic (all monochrome high contrast photos), but with different things you photograph.