This Mind-Bending, Colorful Photo Mosaic is Actually a Single Photograph


Check out this colorful photo mosaic created by photographer Bela Borsodi for the cover of the album “Terrain” by VLP (you can find a larger version here). Would you believe us if we told you that it’s actually a single photograph?

Well it is.

Borsodi, a New York-based advertising and editorial photographer who specializes in still lifes, created the image by carefully arranging items in the scene through the viewfinder of his camera (you can do this by fixing your camera in one location and then displaying the camera’s view on an external screen).

Through the careful positioning of objects and their edges, Borsodi was able to make a single static scene look like four separate photographs that were placed side-by-side.

Don’t believe the explanation we just gave? Check out this “behind-the-scenes” photograph captured from a slightly different angle:


Now compare this second photo with the first one. See how everything is in exactly the same location?

Creating the photograph was a long and tedious process that involved a lot of trial and error. Here’s a video Borsodi created showing how the scene was put together from the very beginning (notice how he tries out many different objects in many different locations before finally settling on the arrangement seen above):

This actually isn’t the first time we’ve featured Borsodi’s creative perspective photographs. Back in 2011, we shared a project of his that involved creating various letters in the alphabet using carefully placed objects in a room.

Image credits: Photographs and video by Bela Borsodi and used with permission

  • johneve

    Excellent, if done for real without too much post. just curious how much time went into that shot. As they say God lives in the details. Thumbs up!

  • Rob Elliott

    That is really cool

  • James Bonnick

    Just great !

  • Punkindrublic

    This is great, so don’t take this the wrong way. What’s great is the contrast of the warm area on the lower right. Two of the other panels should have been a yellow or green. Purple? Just too many “cool” panels.

  • Guest

    Ignore this post

  • Burnin Biomass

    I was thinking the same thing basically. I would like to see the upper
    left panel to have more color contrast. I agree with yellowish tones..

  • Hope there’s more coming!

    Thank you Mr.Borsodi. Your attention to detail is superbe.

  • Irksomearmchaircritics

    This Photographer came up with this idea to create a picture in which the parts align themselves so as to create the illusion that it is FOUR separate pictures. It’s a fantastic display of knowing what you’re doing, isn’t it?
    One day you might produce something half as clever as this.
    Keep up the good work Mr. Borsodi!

  • Michael Palmer

    Brilliant. :-)

  • rpk

    Nah, you’re just a prat who doesn’t understand critique – which is constuctive critisism.

  • Norshan Nusi

    Now this is creative.

  • 9inchnail

    One of the most-used word on the internet lately: mind-bending
    I don’t even know how often my mind got bend in the last couple of days. That might explain my headache.

  • Bart

    I personally don’t agree with the statement that the colours would’ve worked better had they been diffrent. There’s enough seperation between the panels that drastically diffrent colours wouldn’t have made them more distinguishable. And I think the predominantly cool colours work well to blast out the warm colour in the lower panel, keeps it more calm than, say, having 4 drastically diffrent coloured panels.

    Just my $0.02. Personal opinion. Totally not whiteknighting the photographer. Constructive criticism and friendly discussion = good stuff.

  • Jiří Růžek

    perfect idea :)

  • Rafael Gerude

    Great. I didn’t believe…

  • radiancedeluxe

    i absolutely LOVE this photo and the BTS video. It’s really interesting to see the trial and error required to get something like this just right. And i total agree with where Borsodi stopped, he definitely found that special something. Wow. I am a people shooter primarily, and I generally subscribe to the “simplify and win” ethos, but wow. There are truly no absolute rules in photography. Bravo, Borsodi, this thing just oozes the BOOOOOM.

  • BDWT

    Yea, fair enough. “Epic” gets through around a lot too but this image does start to earn the term mind bending when your eyes start to realize just how all the props are working together to create the illusion of a split screen. That being said the author of this article was merely using the term to catch people’s attention, which he did.

  • prabha

    Excellent….mind blowing…

  • Burnin Biomass

    Um, Irk… I didn’t say he had no talent, and I wasn’t being rude. I was simply stating an opinion on the construction of the image. The image is very busy, and I thought some color contrast would make the upper left panel would work better.

    No reason to get angry, its just an opinion.

  • JarFil

    No they should not.

    As it is, there is a strong effect of contrast between two different perceptions: if you look at the top left panel, it seems to be integrated with the other two, if you look at the bottom right one, it looks like a separate photo… except elements from it lead you to look at the other panels, and to the perception contrast.

    Making this into just another Marilyn, would not accomplish that.

  • David Allen

    LAME, and obvious

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  • bubble burster

    If you look at the lighter in the bottom right hand corner of both images, in the mosaic you can see it clearly, in the “original” most of it is obscured by the handle of the toolbox. Unfortunately I have to call this as erroneous. The mosaic is not put together from that one photo. Many perspectives change, the lighter is just the most obvious. Sorry everyone

  • hqi1321

    hey! I have the same lamp!

  • whit

    um, you don’t get it.