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mrthink

Wake Forest, United States

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Aug, 2015: 750 views

The telling of history through commemoration to influential people, major events and special times is never more evident than with postage stamps from around the globe.

This montage of worldwide stamps, some of which date back to the 1800’s, speaks to countries that no longer exist or who’s boundaries have changed by politics; to famous and infamous people throughout time; to battles and wars fought; to special themes of respect, hope, love and happiness.

Postage stamps can be very plain or incredibly beautiful, displaying basic symbols representing a political entity or fabulous animals or flowers indigenous to a country. Each it’s own right tells a story if you only look a bit deeper.

Visible in this image when zoomed in for a closer look, stamps are made using different techniques: lines, dots, circles or cross-hatching to form patterns and shapes, vs. ink-stains to create one or more images on the stamp.

This montage was created from macro images taken with a Canon PowerShot G9, using an add-on 100x macro lens. The perforations around the border of the image were intentionally left uneven and different in count to differentiate one stamp’s image from the next. Over 350 photos were taken and each reviewed for appropriateness.

Aperture was used to enhance each image, and Photoshop to place 176 specifically-selected images in the shape and exact dimensions of a portrait-based postage stamp.

Featured in “Shapes and Patterns” and “#1 Artists of Redbubble”.

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