Stephen McMennamy, an art director in Atlanta, combines two images to make one really cool one!
He calls them “Combophotos” and they are really clever!
They remind me a little of those mix and match flip children’s books. Take a look!
46 balloons + chairlift 🎈🚡 perhaps the most impractical/fun chairlift ever? once again, balloons proved to be the usual pain in the butt. I kept an eye on the weather for a while before getting the ideal conditions of clear skies and low wind. on meteorological paper you could say I got both, but the slightest breeze wreaks all sorts of havoc on balloons. what you see here was an early (and fortuitous) shot, by the end of this brief, early morning shoot, strings were tangled up like one big balloon dreadlock. check out the wind blown twisted mess over on @combophotofail. I started with 50 balloons and a small helium tank… only four popped during their transport from my kitchen to my favorite parking deck, hence the 46. R.I.P. 🎈🎈🎈🎈. oh and between us, I yell at balloons almost every time I shoot them. yell like a crazy person. not a fan. I fell better now. #combophoto @jasonsmithatl, I started down the helicopter path based on your suggestion, but this is where I ended up. I tried.
turf + cake just taking samples of earth’s delicious core. thanks to @morganlandd for snagging me this piece of turf. and thanks to whoever made this slice of cake over at @thefreshmarket. I took the cake shot back in January (so #tbt I guess?). apparently it can take a while for these things to come together. #combophoto #⛳️🍰 A photo posted by stephen mcmennamy (@smcmennamy) on
headphones + donuts been on a donut bender as of late, so in keeping with said bender, I thought it would be appropriate to take a moment and reminisce with this #combophoto of yore. A photo posted by stephen mcmennamy (@smcmennamy) on
paintbrush + spaghetti This definitely wasn’t my favorite #combophoto of 2016, but it was definitely the most interesting as far as social experiments go. I put it to a vote with another similar execution. This one was the overwhelming favorite, which I never would’ve guessed. Just proof that I’m bad at judging my own work. Also, I did this on an absolute whim. I literally threw it together before work one morning. I do love how utterly random these things can come together sometimes. On some re-posts there was a lot of positive sentiments coupled with a lot of scrutiny over my bad photoshop skills. All that said, it was the most entertaining from #2016. Thanks for all the support last year, you guys made it great.
tree trunk + elephant trunk I’ve been wanting to do something with an elephant for a while now, but two things happened with that, I never felt like I had a super solid idea and I don’t have access to elephants. Like ever. Cut to me in the Bahamas over thanksgiving and I couldn’t help but notice how a lot of the palm trees grew low out the ground and every one of them looked like an elephant head… to me anyway. So that’s what rattled around in my head and it quickly led to me obsessing over how to find a way to combine the two. And though I prefer to shoot these #combophotos myself, I also knew my elephant access was super limited. So rather than booking a flight to Africa I went online trying to find the perfect elephant. Which I did and what I found just so happened to work perfectly. This beautiful elephant image was captured behind the lens of Jez Bennett, a phenomenal nature photographer based in Zimbabwe. Huge thanks to Jez and please check out more of his work at… jezbennett.com And a final thanks to the world wide web for being so world wide. A photo posted by stephen mcmennamy (@smcmennamy) on
bridge + guitar getting this shot of the Brooklyn bridge with @flynyon was one of the more memorable experiences I’ve ever had. BONUS: we surprised the kids with an aerial excursion over Manhattan and I can honestly say I’ve never seen my straight-faced daughter smile as much as she did that day. more helicopter views on @combophotofail #combophoto 😀🚁 A photo posted by stephen mcmennamy (@smcmennamy) on
van + roller skate 🚐 this is another throwback, back when I was obsessed with combining wheeled objects (and contrasting scale). I shot the van (courtesy of @steveruggieri) on a backlot in LA and my daughters skate was shot in a parking lot here in Atlanta. The thing that stood out to me with this one was the positive reaction I got after posting it. I just wasn’t expecting such a positive response. I can get pretty unsure of myself when things come together too easily, but fun doesn’t depend on complexity. #combophoto
flowers & hand + tree 💐✋🏻🌳 here’s a little early Mother’s Day for Earth Day. and #tbt to 4.543 billion years ago when we got this whole party started. thanks Los Angeles for your cool trees conveniently located near my hotel… and for your blinding sunrise, which did a nice job accentuating the paleness of my skin (I had to shave my burly wrist for this one). #mothersday #earthday #combophoto A photo posted by stephen mcmennamy (@smcmennamy) on
cherry + bowling ball 🍒🎳 continuing to look back at some of the earliest #combophotos. this was all shot and edited on my phone. I was impressed with the phone then and two years later, even more so now. A photo posted by stephen mcmennamy (@smcmennamy) on
hose + waterfall ventured out to Grotto Falls in the Great Smokey Mountains (Tennessee) for this #combophoto. and then ventured out to the bushes in my front yard for the hose shot. hand modeling courtesy of @lmcm2 and freezing cold water modeling courtesy of my brother in law and my youngest daughter. thanks for all the fam love and assistance… ⚡️👊🏻⚡️ A photo posted by stephen mcmennamy (@smcmennamy) on
Aren’t they great?! He takes the photos himself too, not relying on images found on the Internet. Impressive!