Putting the pieces back together

It's been a while since I have worked on any Reconstructions, my fancy name for a collage. I take a group of photos from the same perspective and just move my camera as I photograph.

Then, in Photoshop, I reassemble the pieces (reconstruct them) to form an image. Yes, I know the individual images don't line up. Even though I don't change the focal length there is a still a mismatch due to the distortion caused by the lens or by just my movement.

My photographer friend, Walt Stricklin, of Birmingham, AL, has taken the art to a whole new level. It's not a new idea. David Hockney did it. The difference between Walt's and mine are small, but essentially, I tend to use more images in a single piece.

So it was back in October in last year that I found myself in a tour of the U.S. Capitol building with my daughter, a student at a DC university. I think I might have been there in the early 1960's, but only remember seeing Kennedy's motorcade in front of the building.

We enjoyed the brief one-hour tour with the most marvelous tour guide imaginable - funny, knowledgeable and engaging. As we lingered in the Rotunda, I had the opportunity to make this image.