clever combophotos by stephen mcmennamy tie two mismatched pictures into one
 
clever combophotos by stephen mcmennamy tie two mismatched pictures into one
jan 06, 2016

clever combophotos by stephen mcmennamy tie two mismatched pictures into one

clever combophotos by stephen mcmennamy tie two mismatched pictures into one 
all images courtesy of stephen mcmennamy

 

 

 

first concocted by a group of surrealists in the early 1900s, the ‘exquisite corpse’ technique is a group exercise where players draw in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal the image, then pass it to the next player for further contribution. the result typically forms zany and unusual mixed-and-matched combinations like human faces with animal bodies and flowers with feet.

 

atlanta-based artist stephen mcmennamy expertly brings this age-old pastime — now popularized by children’s books — to present day using photography and simple props. his series of combophotos combine a pair of images in a single frame, juxtaposing two otherwise unrelated elements against each other. the duo of photos are seamlessly met in the middle of the composition, manifesting the mashup as a surreal blend of fantasy and reality. 

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