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The photos of the people in these images have been merged with various backgrounds and props to create the final 'composite' image. Some are two images blended together others more, one - the surreal seaside image - as many as nine photos. I have never set out to take photos with a composite in mind (which is easier) I have just worked with photos I already have.
A more complicated composite comprising four photos. The background explosion was from a photo I took in Southport. The foreground consists of two photos I took of the old bus station and the Broadwater Centre in Rochdale whilst they were being demolished. The photo of Cassie was taken at Hollingworth Lake. Matching colour tones was the key to making this composite work.
I used a photo of a garden clock I took in Hornsea and a photo I took of Rosie in my former studio to create this composite, in which I merged the clock with the iris of Rosie's eye.
The composite below is comprised of two photos, one I took of Ella Rose in Radley, Oxford, and the background is a stock photo I purchased a licence to use. The aim was to create an image with an old masters feel.
The composite below is comprised of two photos, one I took of Anita in my former studio in Rochdale, and the background is a stock photo I purchased a licence to use. The key to this composite was creating a realistic shadow behind Anita.
Three photos in this composite. The old clock I photographed in a garden in Hornsea, the photo of Andrea (in the clock face) was taken at her flat in Rochdale, and the photo of Carly (in the background) was taken in the cellar of my former studio in Rochdale.
The reference to Gulliver's travels (Lilliput) shows the inspiration behind this composite. The boot is actually a photo of an old ornament taken in a garden in Hornsea. The photo of Carly was taken in the cellar of my former studio in Rochdale.
This composite, of nine photos, was a bundle of fun to do and takes its inspiration from bygone tongue-in-cheek seaside postcards. The photo of the pier was taken in Blackpool, as were the photos of the seagulls. The bi-plane photo was taken in Southport, and the hot air balloon in Bury. The photo of Pauline was taken in Wales, as was the dog, whereas the parasol she is holding was taken at our house in Rochdale. Finally, the rusty hydrant was taken on the beach in Fleetwood.
I took this photo of the Lancaster Bomber at Southport Air Show but the sky had turned very dull and grey and so I used another photo I had taken in the Isle of Wight of a more dramatic sky to create this composite. The most difficult part was not losing the sense of motion in the plane's propellers when cutting it out of the previous background.