Metaphotos of landmarks made from hundreds of superimposed tourist snaps

Swiss artist Corinne Vionnet plunders online image searches for hundreds of similar tourist shots of the same landmarks, then layers them on top of one another to create metaportraits of well-known buildings.

Hundreds of Tourist Photos Weaved into One (18 total) (via Neatorama)


  1. Those are very impressive! The technique makes the pictures look like sketches turned into watercolor paintings. I really love them!

  2. I love the countless ghostly afterimages of so many people passing through the shots… it feels like the weight of history.

    The haunting one of the WTC brings to mind the fact that we have crossed a temporal threshold some time since the dawn of photography, and fewer moments are lost to time… imagine revisiting this project in a hundred years, with the density of millions of overlapping images and the ability to zoom/scroll time periods (or other metrics). Or even longer time periods, showing erosion and urban decay.

  3. Man, these are stunning. Not just as beautiful works of art, but also as interesting cultural references. I love how the technique seems to turn everything into a painting by JWM Turner – that shifting-light, dreamy, ethereal, netherworld-y kinda look. It’s almost like the visual equivalent of passages from some of Mervyn Peake’s work.

  4. Warning, abuse of the term “meta” detected…

    Then again, this blog also abuses the term “zen” (looking at you, Xeni).

  5. Looking at these photos, I can’t help but think that this is what Quantum Mechanics would look like if it operated on a slightly more macro scale.

    Superposition of de Broglie waves, ftw!

  6. I’ve long thought about doing this, but more precisely by placing the shots in 3D space at the angle and distance they were taken. Then you could have a slider that moved forwards and backwards in 3D time!.

  7. sort of like a folksy version of photosynth. (photosynth takes a bunch of photos and puts them together into 3d scenes – there’s a TED talk of the prototype of it.)

  8. Great stuff.

    I never understand why Stonehenge is included in these things. I popped in there in passing the other week (for the first time – despite it only being a couple of hours away) and was terribly disappointed. It’s tiny! I felt like I was at a Spinal Tap tribute installation.

  9. This is pretty much a visual cliche along the lines of tilt-shift and HDR. I wonder what’ll be the next one… There’s an American artist some time ago who averaged out all the covers of Playboy and the British artist who merged all of the Bechers’ industrial photography – used on the covers of English indie band The Editors:

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