It’s a technique that’s been well explored by the likes of Matej Pelijhan and others but Holleben – some of whose images feature up to 5000 individual photographs – takes it to a whole new L.S Lowry-esque level.
Composites (each of which was painstaking assembled over three months like a reverse jigsaw puzzle) drawn from snippets of up to 70 photographs found in the US Library of Congress Archives by artist Jim Kazanjian. Sez he:
My current series is inspired by the classic horror literature of H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and similar authors. I am intrigued with the narrative archetypes these writers utilize to transform the commonplace into something sinister and foreboding. In my work, I prefer to use these devices as a means to generate entry points for the viewer. I’m interested in occupying a space where the mundane intersects the strange, and the familiar becomes alien. In a sense, I am attempting to render the sublime.
The year 2010 recorded in a composite image of 3,888 photographs taken by Erik Solheim from the window of his apartment in Oslo.
Solheim set up his Canon 400D to record one image every 30 minutes: 16,000 photographs whittled down to 3,888 from each of which he extracted a one-pixel wide line, then composited the lot (from January on the left to December on the right) using a computer script.
Full sized image here.
The source imagery was later turned into a rolling gif by ReditorITwitchToo.