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Photomosaics Robert Silvers Essay

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Visuals Robert Silvers Photo 1 http://www.robertsilvers.com Robert Silvers' "Birth of Venus" 2006 Photomosaic is composed of thousands of tiny reproductions of famous paintings.Photo 2 http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2007/sep/14/ silvers-makes-photo-mosaics Photomosaics Robert Silvers' first book. Published in 1997. Cover, "Flamingo" is composed of 1000s of photographs.Photo 3 http://www.robertsilvers.com Pope John Paul II Photomosaic Pope John Paul II 80th Birthday. This Photomosaic image of 8 stamps is made of 1000s of smaller images of the world's Catholic Churches.Photo 4 http://www.robertsilvers.com Winnie The Pooh Puzzle Montage of lots of little images of A.A. Milne's Pooh bear; create one large Winnie The Pooh.Photo 5 http://www.puzzleworld.com/detail.aspx?ID=7087 Cover of Newsweek, December 22, 1997 "Picture of the Year" Photo 6 http://www.robertsilvers.com Photomosaics® "If Leonardo da Vinci had lived in the computer age, he might have created Photomosaics. Instead, it was left to Robert Silvers to discover a digital way to combine art and science" (Hainer, 1997, p. 6) What Is A Photomosaic? Robert Silvers combined his love of photography, art and computer graphics to develop a software program called Photomosaics(1). "A photo mosaic is a picture made up of many smaller pictures. The small tile images can be seen up close, but at a distance, an entirely different image can be seen. Photomosaics are also referred to as photo montages, photo-tiled pictures, and photo tapestries" (Chastain, S., http://graphicssoft.about.com/ od/glossary/f/photomosaic.htm) (See photo 2).According to Robert (1997), "The way to start a Photomosaic is to first have an idea... and then find content to make it from. This is one of the hardest parts -- getting thousands of images that you have permission to use. What my software then does is takes thousands of images and compares each one with each small region of an image that I am trying to represent. The photo that looks the most like each region of the larger image is used in that location. When it is done, nothing from the reference image is left -- it has been replaced piece by piece (1) Robert Silvers' Photomosaics can be seen at several galleries, including locally in Laguna Niguel, CA. Addresses of the galleries are on his website at www.photomosaics.com.with small photographs. When viewed from a distance, the final mosaic looks like the reference image..." The software doesn't do all the work, if Robert doesn't like a suggested image in the near-complete Photomosaic he clicks the tiled photo and the software suggests the top 30 alternatives. Many times Robert tries multiple suggested photos until he finds the one he uses.[Robert says,] There are two reasons to replace tiles -- either they look bad from a distance, or close up. They may look bad from a distance because the color is too strong and they may stand out to the eye. They may look bad up close because perhaps the content of the given...

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