This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Gary Ng of Gnostec Photography. Read on for more about this week’s…

Photo courtesy of Gary Ng

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Gary Ng of Gnostec Photography. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!

Merge. The world is made up of many things. There is a saying that opposites attract, and this is true for relationships and other things. What about photography? Many surprises can come out of merging two different entities into one. Sometimes this fusion of the elements is what we call art.

For instance, try placing an object where it does not belong. Or, juxtapose two different objects. The statements they make together may be contradictory, but remember: break the rules and experiment. As for me, I love merging the arts, especially two distinctly different types of art. On one side, there is the performing arts—a ballerina, for instance—and on the other side, there is architecture.

Let’s see what you can MERGE in a photo!

Tip: The various genres of photography have different principles. For example, architecture photography is about capturing the lines, perspectives, light and shadows, details, and patterns of the design. In performing arts, it is about capturing a dancer’s fleeting moments and the incredible lighting (on stage). Capture some of these elements, and the arts can be merged beautifully.

Gary Ng is an architect and photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the founder of Gary Ng © Gnostec Photography and author of his photo blog. Subscribe to his updates via his website, blog, or Facebook page.


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    1. It’s not a requirement to digitally enhance. I think you can interpret the theme in many ways — at first glance, it looks like the statue is floating in air! Interesting find.


    1. Marion — “merge” can be achieved within a single photo for sure (as Gary did above). The wood-sparkle juxtaposition certainly reflects the theme in its own way!


  1. Oh my! This one will definitely be a challenge. May take me awhile to come up with just the right photo for this. Thanks for this week’s theme and for the great explanation of “merge” by Gary.


    1. Hi Jennifer — while some entries here have indeed merged two (or more) photos together, that’s certainly not a requirement! The beauty of this challenge is that the theme can be interpreted as you wish 🙂


      1. Ciao Cheri,

        Thank you for stopping by. It was a difficult challenge that’s for sure! Nice one. As I said in the post, I haven’t editing software to actually merge photos together, I’ve looked and tried and it won’t allow me. Maybe I’m overlooking something.

        I like to call this photo: Merging midnight reality with dancing shadows! 🙂


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