Combo Photos: Creatively Merging Two Things Into One

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All images by Stephen McMennamy. Used with permission

“When this all began, there was no goal, i just need a creative outlet, but as things have taken off i’ve been thinking more about the possibility of a book.” says photographer Stephen McMennamy about his Combo Photos project. “There seems to be a lot of interest from friends on Instagram for something like that, but i’m not sure if the general public would be as interested. i’m just happy to have supportive people out there. It’s mainly therapeutic for me, so i’m just glad to have something to keep me entertained.”

Stephen is the genius behind the cool and creative project. Most of it involves food, and that’s partially where he draws inspiration from. Otherwise, Stephen tells us that he randomly looks around and combines things. His appreciation for photography started when he was young back in the 1970’s. Now he works in advertising, and works with loads of other photographers–so he is always surrounded by what he calls the limitless possibilities of photography.

“Initially my curiosity was piqued by photo apps that enable you to post multiple photos at once (specifically on Instagram).” says Stephen in an interview via email with us. “I’d seen a few people post photo collages with no seam (or removing the border) and I really appreciated the clean nature of that aesthetic. from there I started playing around with that same effect, but one time in particular I tried connecting images for a more fluid effect. Specifically combining my daughters head with a birthday balloon.” That’s how he started looking around for objects he could merge together. It started with the birthday balloon image and the Empire State Building/Banana images that you’ll see after the jump.

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