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Spare roll(s) of film…

July 26, 2010

Spare a thought for Adrian Brannan next time you lose an image due to overfilled photo folders on your computer. These fantastic photo collages are as beautiful as they probably are sanity checking, as each image is created from as little as 50 to one thousand individual 35 mm photographs…and they aren’t even digital! In fact, most of the photos are developed in Adrian’s own darkroom! Adrian seems to get quite the kick out of variety, as not only are the images made up from a variety of shots, but the shots themselves are taken from multiple locations with different films, processing techniques and at different times and days. Whew. Plus it seems to me that depending on how large you view them, they take on different qualities – beautiful painterly like quality when in a thumbnail format, fabulous textures when blown up a bit and a crazy patchwork of drastically different colours and tones when blown up a bit bigger (see two images directly above to see Piccadilly circus changes -the colours of the pavement vary from mustard to tan to green!)

I’m so impressed that I might even go take the camera out and shoot a few shots. The countdown begins…

Adrian’s work was spotted in the Completely London magazine from Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, by August Media. Thanks!

Still want more? Check out some more photographic genius with a ‘look into the past

49 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2010 12:46 pm

    This really is amazing and right now I just love everything remotely related to London because I miss it so much! Thank you for this great inspiration. I will definitely check out the “Looking into the Past”. Cannot wait to see your own shots!

  2. Raul permalink
    July 26, 2010 2:03 pm

    These are great photos. They almost look digital!

  3. July 26, 2010 2:06 pm

    These are absolutely stunning! I used to see students do something similar back in the day, but with 15-20 images, not this many. Great post!

  4. yasdr permalink
    July 26, 2010 2:13 pm

    Me too. I thought the photos were digital and assembled using photoshop. But no! The photos are film and processed in a dark room. :O I never thought touristy shots would be this interesting. Definitely a new way of seeing a city. Thank you for the blog post. 🙂

  5. July 26, 2010 2:15 pm

    Wow! Those are fantastic! Great post 🙂

  6. yasdr permalink
    July 26, 2010 2:15 pm

    Will follow you. 😉

  7. July 26, 2010 2:35 pm

    These are amazing! Great post.

  8. July 26, 2010 2:39 pm

    I can’t believe that this is done inside of a darkroom… I was thinking if it was digital there are certain effects you can use to crop it, combine it, where the time wouldn’t take too long to change up a normal photo. These pictures kinda remind me of some artists work and I love how you can see tiny details everywhere. Thanks for sharing this!

  9. July 26, 2010 3:05 pm

    Wow.Good picture.It’s very stuned.Thank for share.

  10. Ming Wu permalink
    July 26, 2010 3:15 pm


  11. July 26, 2010 3:19 pm

    simply, WOW

  12. July 26, 2010 4:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! These collages are amazing…I did a few collages like at P.S. 1 in NY, and another one in downtown New Paltz, NY where I stood in the middle of a busy street and shot 25 rolls of film to create a 360 view of the busy street…I almost got killed, but it was totally worth it…putting the images together like a puzzle was time consuming but fun!…if anyone has old rolls of film I suggest using them by picking an area outside that facinates them and shooting all the rolls at different times of day(for different light)!

  13. onekitty21 permalink
    July 26, 2010 4:09 pm

    beautiful thank you

  14. zach burns permalink
    July 26, 2010 5:07 pm

    these. freakin. rock. that is all.

  15. July 26, 2010 5:13 pm

    Nice, nice, nice!

  16. July 26, 2010 5:20 pm

    These are some great photos! Here’s hoping you can post some more. 🙂

    With Love and Gratitude,

    The Intentional Sage

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  18. July 26, 2010 6:18 pm

    Wow! Now THAT’s some serious creativity and talent!

  19. July 26, 2010 6:27 pm

    Very unique content and hobby.. Thanks for bringing that across to us.. 1st photography, then creativity and collage..
    Too good..

  20. July 26, 2010 7:09 pm

    Great Pics!

  21. July 26, 2010 7:26 pm

    Wonderful – I love these – they do make you want to try the technique but it must really take some time.

  22. July 26, 2010 7:49 pm

    Interesting take! I really enjoyed reading it! Plus I picked up some blogging tips from my visit here.


  23. July 26, 2010 8:11 pm

    its hard to believe that they arent digital!!!superb work!!!thanks for sharing!

  24. July 26, 2010 9:00 pm

    These look amazing… hopefully you could make some during different times of day like a night one and a sunset/sunrise one. These are more difficult but could become stunning works.

  25. July 26, 2010 9:04 pm

    Wow, these are absolutely beautiful! I have never seen anything quite like this. Thanks.

  26. July 26, 2010 9:09 pm

    Awesome and amazingly creative!

  27. July 26, 2010 11:22 pm

    Cool pics.

  28. kittylwrenphotography permalink
    July 27, 2010 2:23 am

    Great work x

  29. July 27, 2010 2:57 am

    Oh yeah! Even without your explanation of the how’s these photos are amazing. I’m drawn in each one to see the variations and marvel over the choices. Very color-icious!

  30. harrywombat permalink
    July 27, 2010 2:58 am

    Looking at these makes me question if I am sober or not. This is some trippy stuff.

    Great pics. Keep them coming!

  31. jan permalink
    July 27, 2010 3:16 am

    great pictures! Adrian sure got talent and creativity.. I would just delete smugged and blurred pictures, guess I can keep them now.

  32. July 27, 2010 3:39 am

    wow. that was absolutely stunning and inspiring all-together. Reminds me very much of the work of David Hockney. Really creative and beautiful to look at. Thanks so much for posting. Im gonna give this a try 🙂

  33. July 27, 2010 8:25 am

    Beautiful work! The collages are so well made its incredible!

  34. pupinolapierre permalink
    July 28, 2010 3:03 am


  35. July 28, 2010 11:05 am

    I did not understand what these photos are. are those painting or what.
    I read the article it is good.

    • Pillar Box Post permalink*
      July 28, 2010 11:45 am

      They are collages made from hundreds of photos!

  36. aditya5 permalink
    August 2, 2010 6:27 pm

    Fist time i’ve seen this kind of work in my life ….very unique!!!

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  38. August 5, 2010 5:19 pm

    Can someone say contemporary cubism??? Haha I love how he plays with angles and size, especially with the second one after the initial text (with the Eros statue in P. Circus). 🙂

  39. August 6, 2010 4:13 pm

    Beautiful. Really enjoy the Picadilly Circus ones, both day time and night time. I lived in London for almost 2 years collectively, and this really brings the city alive for me!


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