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World Collage Project #1 – The Taj Mahal

The author at a famous landmark south of Delhi, 2011

Back in 2002 on a visit to Hawaii I decided to take some pictures of Hanauma Bay, one of Oahu’s most famous and picturesque shorelines. I thought it a unique idea to capture the bay with a half dozen images so I could collage them together later on. When that was done I happened to get a shot of myself posing in front of the scene. I didn’t know it then but that was the beginning of a decade-long project that had me traveling to some of the world’s most famous landmarks and assembling myself inside the collage I’d put together when I returned.

Over the next couple weeks I’ll be showing those collages here. This is the first of the series, the most recent, the Taj Mahal. I’ll work my way back to the original one from Hanauma Bay in 2001 as time progresses.

This particular collage was assembled from about 25 photos at a minimum zoom of ≈100mm. The lotus flower pattern was achieved by holding the camera at different degree angles while the shutter was released. After processing the images for color I uploaded them into Picasa 3 software and then puzzled them together with the help of Picasa’s handy collage tool. Viola, the final piece.

For the other pieces in the World Collage Project click here.

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