What you’re seeing above isn’t produced by slow shutter speeds, or photoshop trickery. It is instead the end result of Swiss artist Corrine Vionnet’s meticulous layering of hundreds of tourists photos merged into one all encompassing shot.
The artist’s method works something like this: Choose a landmark, then do an online keyword search for the landmark. After collecting hundreds of photos from various photo sharing sites, carefully layer the shots till the desired effect is achieved. The artworks have obvious overtones of “group-think” and global consciousness, and Vionnet is the first to acknowledge the inherent collaborative nature of the work:
“This work is intrinsically linked to the people who took these pictures,” Vionnet says. “The collaboration is obvious, but it is without their knowledge. These pictures are on the Internet, to be seen by any eventual visitors. I am just one of those visitors. It is the sheer quantity of these almost identical pictures that gave me the idea of superimposing them. I do not think I would have had the idea if I had made all these pictures of the same places myself. Anyway, the work would loose its meaning.”
To see more of Vionnet’s work, you can visit her website.
Vionnet’s ‘metaportraits’ have also been selected to feature in Les Recontres d’Arles (the annual Arles photofair) which runs until September 18th 2011, and a themed exhibition ‘From Here On’ which features the work of 36 artists/imagemakers whose source material is found on the internet.
All works shown below are © Corrine Vionnet.