One of the series of images I’ve been working on for my personal work is called “Extremely Large Produce”. This series was inspired by very early images from the 1900’s – 1910 of images that were called “Exaggerated Produce” or “Fantasy” images. I also seen these be referred to as “Tall Tales”. These photographers had just figured out how to do compositing of images into one shot by cutting out parts of a few images, gluing them onto another image and then rephotographing it. They had to make sure the lighting for each shot they were putting together matched.
Here is a great example of an Exaggerated Produce shot that I found on a website that has lots of great images for this. This image was the inspiration for my potato shot below. This image is an offset litho image – meaning its not a photograph that was mass produced. These postcards for collectors are not as valuable as the original photographic postcard.
The most well known photographer of this technique of the Tall-Tale post cards is William H Martin. His postcards became so popular he created a postcard company and it made him a very wealthy man. He is one of the first photographers to do the photo-montage technique. He sold his postcard company only four years after starting it. His postcard company was printing 10,000 cards a day. This is one of Martin’s photo-montages below – it is more valuable for collects as his postcards are all photographic silver prints that were massed produced.
Here is my interpretation of the potato shot above: I call this the Extremely Large Potato Farm.
Here is a video of how I created this shot step by step. It took me several days to get to the final image above.