Photo-montage

Some examples of my work that combines photos into montages.

Modern western society is increasingly surrounded by photographic imagery: in newspapers, billboards, magazines, TV and on-line.  As a cartoonist I am reluctant to admit that cartoons are becoming rare.  Photo-montage is a fascinating way to create illustrations using ‘real’ styles that are maybe more suited to the lazy modern eye.  I really enjoy making photo-montages and here are a few:

Palace of climate sanctuary

Palace of climate sanctuary

Wouldn’t it be nice if the so-called royal family became a little more useful?  Here is a dark imagined example, made in 2012 and updated in July 2013.  Heathrow airport will be a farm again.  Windsor Castle might become an ‘Oil-bubble’ museum showcasing the ways modern man wasted most of the world’s fossil-fuels.

Erosion Technology and Concentration

Erosion Technology and Concentration

Photographic illustration for the ETC group whose identity used to be encapsulated as the “Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration”.  Originally made in the early 2000s but re-created in full-colour in 2012.

Biomassters battle to control the green economy

Biomassters battle to control the green economy

Another photo-montage for the ETC group, used as a report cover and poster / flyer, for a report launched at the Rio +20 conference in June 2012.  See the report here.

olympic cogs 2012

olympic cogs 2012

Subverted logo of the 2012 London Olympics, based on a similar illustration I made for the 2008 Vancouver Olympics.

pandoras box cover

pandoras box cover

Report cover for “Opening Pandora’s Box” produced by the GAIA Foundation in 2012.  The report (which costs just £5) covers the environmental and social impacts of the extractive industries.

lead2peace

Photo-montage (above) for a great campaign called ‘No women – No peace‘.  I’m not sure that this is a good title for a campaign as it does not clearly explain itself, in my humble opinion.  My housemate told me about a competition that was being run by a coalition of of feminist groups, to highlight the need to include women in peace negociations in regions of conflict.  Many such negociations ignore women entirely.  I did not win the competition, which is probably a good thing, because, at the award event the winner was asked to shake hands with some minister of ignoring women’s issues.  Yikes.   😉

CAAT_banbae_2010

Poster (and flyer front) for the dedicated folks at CAAT (Campaign Against the Arms Trade) from 2010, for a campaign to encourgae universities and colleges to cut all ties to the UK’s leading arms manufacturer, BAE.

 

st nicked 2009

st nicked 2009

Christmas card using a bit of humour to explore the way climate change will lead to increased numbers of refugees.  I heard recently that India is building a huge fence to keep out the expected climate refugees from Bangladesh.

air freightful

air freightful

Photo-montage for Airport Watch UK’s 2009 report “Reduce Air Freight”.

Cool (R) orbit

Cool (R) orbit

T-shirt and poster design for the ETC Group to announce the winner of their 2009 Geoengineering competition.

biodiesel_hunger_500Two simple ‘image-jams’ for a friend who was doing a presentation on biofuels as part of her 2009 MSc in “Sustainable Devlopment”. Biofuels are causing huge problems in many parts of the world, where jungles are destroyed and replaced with palm oil plantations to make more bio-fuels.  This is sold to rich countries to put in cars.  This often destroys natural habitats for wild animals including the orangutang.  It also forces local people off lands they have lived on for centuries.  The tragic irony is, in the rich countries, people are using biofuels thinking this is a good thing!  SOME biofuel can be a good thing, like using spent vegetable oil from local restaurants.  But replacing food crops with fuel crops is not wise in a world where a billion people are already hungry.

For more information on biofuels please visit the Biofuelswatch website.

biodiesel_clearcut_500

harper_ostrich_2009

Photo-montage from 2009 showing the PM of Canada, Stephen Harper as a mounty riding an ostrih, whose head is stuck in the tarsands.

drowning_mermaid

Simple photo-combination from 2009 showing the famous ‘Little Mermaid” statue on the harbour of Copenhagen.  The image was used by the Canadian political blog rabble.ca as part of their reporting on the dissappointing Climate Conference in Copenhagen that December.  Ironically the chimneys in the distance are a coal-fired power station that are in the actual photo of the mermaid.  I just added the waves and story skies as a comment on increased storms and rising sea-levels that climate chaos is bringing.

bbl_climchat_webflyer_2009

A ‘local’ job for me from 2009 – making a photo-montage to show how a nearby neighbour (Blackbird Leys) might look in a flash flood.  The image was used in this poster to invite folks to join in a discussion about the feelings of the community on climate issues.

oedipus deflatable earth

oedipus deflatable earth

Spoof poster to promote the performance of Oedipus by the National Theatre, that was sponsored by Shell, in 2008.  Art not Oil used this as a poster and postcard in their campaign to expose and ridicule this perverse sponsorship deal.  Huge earth-raping corporations like Shell often ‘sponsor’ art and cultural events to try to buy some credibility and at least appear ‘civilised’ and acceptable.

oil gravy

oil gravy

Photo-montage for the Camp for Climate Action, showing the link between oil and war and climate change.  The 2008 postcard version asked the question “How many dead to the gallon?”

Climate proof windows

Climate proof windows

Spoof advert for double-glazing made in 2007 to promote Rising tide and a few other trail-blazing climate activist groups.

G8 hot air 2007

G8 hot air 2007

A poster for Greenpeace International and People & Planet, for the 2007 G8 meeting in Germany.

little_bang

A very complex poster from 2004 combining many photos for the ETC Group warning of the “Little B.A.N.G” convergence, led by arch-rightwing-nut Newt Gingrich.  My favourite bit is the eagle on the podium wearing a white hood to appear as a bald-eagle – an idea that has popped up a few times in my work.

Look on my works

Look on my works

One of the first photo-montage I made, back in 1999.  This was used as a cover for the 9th Corporate Watch (UK) magazine.  The background shows a bleak post-apocalyptic scene of a tropical London. The broken statue is of Mark Moody-Stuart, former chairman of Shell, and spin-master for various quangos and agencies promoting various business-friendly forms of “sustainable development”.  The quote on the statue’s base is from Percy Shelley’s poem ‘Ozymandias‘.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: