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500 Self-Portraits Combined into One Image


Can you believe that you're looking at 500 pictures at once? UK-based artist Tiemen Rapati took it upon himself to download 500 of Flickr user clickflashwhirr's daily self-portraits and combine them into one composite image.

This daily self-portrait project has been a common practice amongst photography enthusiasts since it first attracted attention through photographer Noah Kalina's Everyday project. The ongoing series, which began in 2000 and eventually transcended mediums into video, has been redone countless times over the last several years. However, Rapati's intriguing approach to the project is something new and artistically complex. He explains his process of compositing the photos: “I'm simply counting the individual RGB values for each pixel and for each portrait, and dividing those values by the number of portraits.” Initially, he created a composite of 400 photographs but has since updated the image to include an extra 100 images.

Tieman Rapati's blog and Flickr
via [Colossal], [feltron]

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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