Reflections on use of montage

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Referred to as "montage" by Sergei Eisenstein, the intentional placement of images side-by-side, one after another, creates by necessity new symbolic meaning, the same way that sequenced words convey cohesive ideas. I find the possibilities of montage interesting and have instinctively gravitated towards it as a method of revealing photographs.

Pairing individual images into groups of two, three, six, nine, allows more room for ideas to come forward, the total effect being greater than the sum of each part. I would like to give more premeditation and intentional thought to this technique. Often, but not always, what manifests in my photography is the result of intuition more than imagination and careful planning. Moving forward I would like to devote more resources, time and effort to a well-rounded approach that would integrate the special unforeseen qualities of intuitive vision with the mesmerizing results of successfully implemented, multi-phase, intentional concepts.

 
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