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Combophotos: whimsical image mashups by Stephen McMennamy

Combophotos: whimsical image mashups by Stephen McMennamy
Source: combophotos.squarespace.com

In 2012 Stephen McMennamy was introduced to instagram and an interest in photography evolved into an ongoing project he refers to as combophotos.

Two innocent photos spliced together with often hilarious results

The following surreal photos are not simply Photoshop inventions. Art Director Stephen McMennamy looks for simple backgrounds, takes two photographs, and then carefully splices them together. Early combophoto shots were taken with his iPhone, but McMennamy has since bought a DSLR camera to improve picture quality, and he has been known to use a drone.

Combophotos by Stephen McMennamy Two innocent enough photographs joined strategically together to create a new perspective. Source: Facebook/BrightVibes
Paintbrush + spaghetti Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Gun + gas nozzle Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
46 balloons + chairlift Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Headphones + donuts Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Fruit loops + dump truck Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Lightbulb + egg Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Five-year-old + hibiscus Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Turf + cake Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Cauliflower + poodle Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Paintbrush + bananas Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Green paint + daylily Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Drink umbrella + beach umbrella Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Paintbrush + spaghetti ll Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Faucet + balloons Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Paint + yellow squash Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Fire extinguisher + jalapeño pepper Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Rope on rods + a cup of instant lunch Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Seagull + airplane Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Excavator + ice cream scoop Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Ice cream+ front loader Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Meatball + forklift Source: combophotos.squarespace.com
Swiss army knife + some tools Source: combophotos.squarespace.com

Bold colours and a mastery of Photoshop creates the illusion these juxtapositions could be real

“It’s really just from looking around and seeing what things are out in the world might make for an interesting fit or what would make for a nice contrast once combined,” McMennamy told PetaPixel. “As far as process, it’s just a matter of me hunting things down and aiming for the cleanest shot possible.”

For more info and to see more of Stephens work: stephenmc.com | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr

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