WPC: A Collage-Mirage

“Collage is the Twentieth Century’s greatest innovation” ― Robert Motherwell

I am excited about this week’s photo theme because I’ve been eager to create a collage in Photoshop.  My final result is far from a traditional collage.  In fact, I think you’re going to have to spend a little time figuring out what shot(s) I’ve added to the original image captured in downtown San Jose del Cabo.

Cave Canem. San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Shot with a Canon 70D.

Here’s the backstory:  this charming fellow caught my eye one morning as we walked through town.  I love his style–a color-coordinated scarf that matches his tan and black markings–no doubt tied around his neck by a loving owner.  On a closer look, he appears to be also wearing the scars of a street-fight–his left eye half closed.  That’s why I decided he’s a fearless defender of the people he loves.  In fact, he is guarding the restaurant where his owner works–I imagine–hours before customers arrive.

What do you think?  Is this in fact a collage?  Do you know what image(s) I’ve added to the original shot?

And–as a final word–have an inspiring week, everyone!

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  1. I love what you have created, Patti! It’s right up my street. I’ve never known whether to call this sort of image a collage or not. It is a collage in the sense of putting together disparate images but then it has become a whole new image in itself. If you think of a good term, let me know!

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    • So glad you liked the result, Tina. 🙂 It was the first time I tried it and I definitely want to try more. That little dog really caught my eye, but then again, I’m crazy about them.

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  2. Such a beautiful capture, Patti. At first I thought the lovely cute dog was winking at you…until I read that you said it was sporting a half-closed left eye. Poor dog but it sounds like he is a fighter indeed and is up and about as a guard for the restaurant. I’m guessing the restaurant must feed him great food each day, or at least great leftovers 🙂 Oooh. I’m having a hard time telling what you added in to this photo. Maybe you didn’t add any in 😀

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    • Thanks, Mabel! I’m delighted to hear from you. Truth be told, I don’t know the dog and the story behind his injury. But I am a writer and have a very active imagination! 🙂 I am sure you are right about him being well-fed and well-cared for. (P.S. I did add one thing to the image. It’s pink. Hint, hint.)

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  3. Love it-and I really like the backstory you have imagined for this street guardian. I have been calling my collage efforts composites because they really consist of layers as opposed to single elements, but whatever you might call this, I would add “terrific!”

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    • Hi, Meg! Wow. Thanks! I’m thrilled you like it. You know I admire your work a great deal, so that’s a great compliment coming from you. And of course, like you, I’m inspired by our 4-legged friends. 🙂

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