have been creating impactful photographic mosaics for several years now and consider myself an expert in generating them. The jury is out on whether photo mosaics are truly artwork or simply a technique. Personally, I think that if you master a technique it is art. My first mosaic was in the mid 90’s, since then many consumer software versions of this technique have evolved to the point where anybody can create one. But, there is a definite science to creating the ideal library of source images and creating a design composition that lends itself to a successful mosaic. Check out a few of the pieces I’ve created.
WORKING WITH THE MASTER
I was fortunate enough to work on my first photomosaic in the mid 90’s with the inventor himself, Rob Silvers from the MIT Media lab. He generated an image from an Italy map composition I created for an HP Inkjet Printer promotion. HP’s Trade show attendees waited in a long line to watch their free Art posters print out. The results were fantastic and HP was able to show off their fine detail and exceptional color.
Rob went on to win many awards, create many movie posters, magazine covers and license the term PhotoMosaic
The Xolo Mosaic is an ongoing social media mosaic chronicling the rapid 7 year rise of the Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles (Xolos) soccer team. Composed entirely of images of players, happy fans, stadium expansions and championship celebrations, this evolving mosaic captures the positive influence the team has had for the city and the border region.
Beyond Solatube, we’ve been shooting fishing reel components this way for years, see the Daiwa Gearing example below.