Giant Photo Mosaic by The People’s Picture

Lovers has been selected from over 40,000 images as the focus image for the #massisolationFORMAT giant photo mosaic.

Just click on the buttons on the image to discover all the wonderful images that have been used to create this amazing photo mosaic.

Chosen by FORMAT the photograph Lovers was shot by Argentian photographers Luisa Magdalena and Nahuel Alfonso and inspired by Renè Magritte’s painting Les Amants. A double self-portrait, created in response to the Covid19 pandemic, its painterly quality of colours and soft light coupled with its youthful optimism of young love made it the perfect contender for the giant mosaic, which has been created and produced by The People’s Picture.

Louise Fedotov Clements, FORMAT director comments on the chosen image: It was selected to be the focal point to unite the huge selection of images, encapsulating the feeling of hope that so many of us have clung to over the past year and gives us a glimpse into the intimacy, friendship, laughter and love that is awaiting us as we begin to exit the pandemic.

Lovers was selected from the 40,000+ images submitted from over 90 countries to the Instagram project, #massisolationFORMAT, set up at the beginning of the March 2020 lockdown by QUAD/FORMAT. Photographers, professional and amateur were invited to hashtag their photographs made in response to the pandemic. All of these images will be used in the making of the giant photo mosaic.

The Lovers photo mosaic, conceived and created by The People’s Picture is this online interactive high resolution 180 giga pixel image ( 17,999,967,480 pixels ) is composed of a total of 180,574 photos. All you need to do is zoom in and you will be able to see each individual photo from #massisolationFORMAT up close and in detail.

A cropped close-up of the Lovers photo mosaic has been in stalled giant outdoor print, wrapped around the outside of QUAD, the centre for contemporary art and film in Derby.

Watch our time-laspe video as it goes up in the Market Square

The production of the giant mosaic in its digital and print presentations has been organised and overseen by The People’s Picture.

Its artistic director Helen Marshall says  “It has been quite a challenge because we pushed what we are doing to its technical limits, I spent many days and hours on problem solving but it was a brilliant testing ground for our collaborative virtual software. The content is complex and interesting and I am very happy with the final image of the Lovers which is an intimate and forbidden image, seems to chime perfectly with our collective hopes and desires”

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