Photographer Stephen McMennamy stumbled upon the idea of combining photos on his daughter's birthday. He used a collage app to combine a photo of his daughter's face and a pink balloon. From that moment, his series of photos entitled "Combophotos" took off. Using the power of social media, he found a platform for his work on Instagram.
"There's an endless amount of creativity to be discovered on that app," he said. "I've always wanted a more pronounced voice when it comes to my own creativity and I feel like that app has given me the voice I'd been looking for."His experimentation with combination and scale create pieces that tell a whole new, funny, interesting and whimsical story.
1. Human + Pencils
2. Soda Bottles + Christmas Lights
"I wanted to mix this one up with different soda bottles, but I decided to go with the uniformity of one bottle type. not pimping Fanta, but I am pimping a #Christmas."
3. Turf + Cake
"Just taking samples of earth’s delicious core."
4. Hotdog + Telehandler (aka: big forklift)
"Special thanks to Jose Santillan for his convincing performance of befuddlement over a giant invisible hotdog."
5. Seagull + Airplane
"The airplane (I think it’s a MD90 or MD88) was taken at the Hertz rental car return lot at LAX."
6. Winter + Summer
7. Cigarette + Factory
"Not trying to stir up any trouble. Just combining some photos."
8. A Back + Apricot
"What can I say, I was inspired by the lax dress code along the French Riviera. I’m genuinely surprised how willing complete strangers were to let me give them an apricot butt."
9. Helmut + Turtle
10. Fire Extinguisher
"I asked my 5-year-old what she thought of this. She said it looked like pepper spray. I’m cool with that description."
11. Cauliflower + Poodle
"Thanks San Francisco mystery poodle and sorry cauliflower."
12. Trumpet Vine + Traffic Cones
"I knew nothing about trumpet vines, now I think I might know way more than necessary."
13. Lightbulb + Egg
"R.I.P. to all the eggs lost on this one."
14. My Twirling 5 Year Old + Hibiscus
15. Yellow Paint + Yellow Squash
"More experimentation with “synthetic meets organic...Technical note: I used a toothpick to suspend the squash slices."
16. Cupcake + Toothbrush
"I got two cupcakes at @publix yesterday. Two. I dropped one while walking to my car."
17. Faucet + Balloons
"I take a lot of these blue sky background shots on the top deck of a parking garage… which pretty much equates to wind. It only took me 117 attempts till I got this shot of balloons positioned in a straight line. Long story short, this was way more of a challenge than I expected."
18. Tomato + Boxing Glove
"This one kinda doesn't make sense to me, but I think that's why I like it."
19. Banana + Car
"There's always more banana ideas in the pipeline."
20. Daughter Holding a Wire + Ski Lift
"for some reason I enjoyed the fine detail of how well these wires (and their threading) lined up. It's the little things."Stephen's inventive work can be found on his Instagram, Tumblr, and personal website. H/T Popsugar