Abstract Images of Famous Landmarks Created by Blending Snapshots

“The Collective Snapshot” is a series by Spanish photographer Pep Ventosa (previously featured here) that consists of abstract images of famous landmarks created by blending together dozens of ordinary snapshots. His goal is to “create an abstraction of the places we’ve been an the things we’ve seen”, and to create images that are both familiar and foreign at the same time.

The Collective Snapshot (via

Image credits: Photographs by Pep Ventosa

  • Steven Ford

    It’s not really abstract.  It’s jittery.

  • lennartbnl

    You should’ve called this article ‘having to sneeze while making a handheld HDR’.

  • Oliver Lea

    “wh-h-h-y-y-y-y is-s it-t-t s-s-s-s-s-s-o-o-o c-c-c-c-c-o-l-l-l-l-d-d-d?” I can take photos like this too! Just put me in ice water and then ask me to take photos one handed with a heavy SLR.

  • Aaro Keipi

    All of these sarcastic comments. I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s a cool idea. He’s got a great sense of color as well.

  • rtfe

    you’re soooo good looking

  • RM

    Yeah.. by the way: (Corinne Vionnet)

  • Joey Duncan

    I’ve never understood this. I’m not saying it’s bad, although the ones from Corine Vionnet to me are much more well put together, this just seems too scattered.

    To me this seems like something you would do in your first year of owning your film camera. “look what I did in my advanced class today” 

    I LIKE the one in this link
    because you can still look at it with detail. There is still a presentable image there. 

  • Dustyn Lyon

    You are not the only one, I really dig experimental stuff like this.

  • Chris Lyn

    I have to disagree with most of the comments so far, this guy’s interpretation is much better. Better colour, better texture, better abstract expressionism. Corinne’s seems more like photos blurred.

  • donuts222

    these are gorgeous…great “realism” in the abstract

  • Jjjustinnn

    Aha, I thought it was familiar! Still a clever little effect though (but Pep seems to be too keen on the hdr/sharpness/contrast in his pics. Shame)

  • Guest

    I think the London ones work incredibly well, at first glance they’re just like looking through a rain-swept window, beautiful.

  • Ajmal2811

    how to do this ? i mean is it like we just snap some pictures from different angle and overlay each of the photo?

  • quickpick

    incredible work! love the technique, great idea..

  • hater artist

    why haven’t you made something out of it then, huh? there’s no point for your work anymore because it’s already done by someone else.. :D

  • hater artist

    and only realistic art is plausible to begin with? or did you just buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear just to find out that you have to have the creativity within yourself to benefit from them in the first place? the cameras aren’t doing anything on their own for you and creative use of cameras is much more interesting than pixel peeping realism. maybe you better get back to 19th century, the pre-dadaism era…

  • t_linn

    I like these a lot—especially the Statue of Liberty and Coliseum.

  • Namenomnomnom

    Maybe it is worth noting (for posterity?) that the phenomenon of the Preferred Snapshooting POV was formalized in the latter days of Kodak. Many public attractions–in the US, anyway– were provided with a sign indicating, essentially: “For best results, expose our film from right *here*. Love, Kodak”

  • Matthew Neumann

    This is a remarkable ripoff of Corinne’s stuff. I don’t hate the style overall and think the pics are interesting, but….really? Even using several of the same subjects and same framing of those subjects for his? Pretty blatant.

  • bob cooley

    Unfortunately many commenters are far more creative in their sarcasm than in their own photographic work.

    I find these quite lovely (no sarcasm).

  • Meefo King

    PetaPixel’s been featuring an awful lot of hacks lately

  • James

    Yeah I think these would be better, if they where a notch or two less abstract.