Tango Metropolis: Panoramic Pictures Shot on Rolls of 35mm Film
The title sounds simple enough, but that’s definitely not the case with these pictures. Just imagining how these shots were made is giving me a headache. German photographer Thomas Kellner created these amazing panoramas of famous landmarks using 35mm film… lots of it. Instead of printing the shots, he scanned the film strips themselves and pieced them together in a mosaic of panoramas called Tango Metropolis.
The rolls come in long strips, so we can only imagine the painstaking task of planning the different rows and columns it took to create these photos. It’s not perfect obviously, but the fact that these still turned out to be recognizable representations of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, The Strip, etc. is quite a feat.
David Hockney, who is considered “one of the influential artists of the 20th century“, did a similar project, except he did not use scanned film strips. While he also took several photos of the same subject and pieced them together in a mega-photographic collage, the effect is not quite the same as in Kellner’s Tango Metropolis, though not any less outstanding.
While not everyone can appreciate this style because the end result is a distorted image, I still respect the idea and the process behind it. Some people might say that photography is just as much about the process as it is about the end result, while others will argue that one does not need to explain his/her work to make it interesting.
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