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Photography Mix Up! Artist Photoshops Everyday Objects in Photo Match Ups

Photography Mix Up! Artist Photoshops Everyday Objects in Photo Match Ups

On a late night twitter search one of my guilty pleasures is following Pee Wee Herman; it just so happened Pee Wee tweeted an image from this artist's account where he took a dump truck and filled it with fruit loops. How could I not dig further and find out who this creative and silly person is and what else have they done?  

What started as a silly gesture on his smart phone featuring a pic of his daughter has grown into an ongoing passion and quite frankly his fans love it!  Digital Artist Stephen McMennamy creates unique art with everyday life and objects, just by mashing them together on a whim. Side note, this is just a hobby that has become quite the popular page to follow on Instagram for Stephen who works professionally as a creative director for an advertising agency.

Image by Steven McMennamy Combo Photos

Image by Steven McMennamy

Quickly Stephen's creative hobby became a phenomenon, being featured on many platforms. You can see him on CNN chatting about his way of looking at everyday objects. Stephen says showing children his completed images is a big help for him when he is working on something new. He likes their reaction and honesty.

See the Full Interview From CNN Below

​The best part about this form of art is the level at which people yearn for these combo photos. Sometimes throwing together a match up early morning before work Steven is always surprised by the response his posts get. His final post of 2016 he received over 17,000 likes and 76 comments in which you can read his viewers can't wait for the next one!  Using this as a challenge to keep his mind creative Steven see's these combophotos like a puzzle for his mind, giving him a creative spark!

To see all of Stephen's creative work check out his website.

Images used with permission from Stephen McMennamy.


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Ralph Hightower's picture

Fun photos. It looks like he's got the market cornered. I wouldn't have thought of that.

Simon Patterson's picture

Clever and imaginative! I especially like the way he manages his backgrounds, which he obviously puts much thought and work into, to get the "look" he's after.

Brendan Kavanagh's picture

There's a distinct line/join across all the shots that I've seen,where the two images have been placed together. In most of the images, the backgrounds are completely different in each "half".

Simon Patterson's picture

There is a definite line in every one, yet the backgrounds are almost never "completely different". They are almost always quite similar, yet not the same.

I like the way he's done that, especially when he's taken a close up shot of one half of his image with a blue sky background. Going outdoors to shoot boxes of breakfast cereal, doughnuts etc is not the normal way to shoot close ups of these kinds of items.

The effect of this is to immediately bring the viewer into the trick, so the viewer can simply enjoy the funny connection between the two objects without needing to worry about trying to figure out how much Photoshop was used and where it was used. I like that and think it is a clever and imaginative way to resonate with viewers in an age where people naturally wonder "was this Photoshopped, and if so, how?" These photos remove that question from the viewer's mind, and therefore help the viewer to simply enjoy the composite. I think that the work he puts into causing this response in viewers is clever and imaginative.

Brendan Kavanagh's picture

"was this Photoshopped, and if so, how?"
Would you think that if you saw an image of a digger scooping up doughnuts with a seamless background?
No. Neither would I.

Simon Patterson's picture

Visit the leaning tower of Pisa one day and the tourists there may teach you a new photographic trick that you never encountered before.

But you get an A+ here for missing the point.

Brendan Kavanagh's picture

Been there and done that 25 years ago.
It's not the same as using two obviously different images though, is it?

Brett Turnage's picture

that's pretty cool.