Photos Placed Side-By-Side to Create Awesomely Surreal New Scenes

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Image: Stephen McMennamy

Stephen McMennamy’s unique, smile-inducing photo combinations have rightly earned him thousands of adoring fans on Instagram. And believe it or not, these ingenious mini-scenes are not the result of hours of work in a professional studio and on Photoshop. Instead, it’s just one man, a few acquaintances, some widely available tools and a desire to create some magical images – a reality that perhaps just adds to their charm.

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Image: Stephen McMennamy

Incredibly, the initial run of photo combinations on McMennamy’s Instagram feed were simply snapped with an iPhone. Two apps in particular helped: Visual Supply Company’s VSCO Cam and PicFrame from ActiveDevelopment, the latter of which McMennamy has used to set the photos side by side. As McMennamy himself has admitted on Instagram, it’s “pretty basic stuff, but it works.”

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Image: Stephen McMennamy

And anyone looking for professional models in McMennamy’s images might be disappointed. The children featured, for example, are often his own daughters, usually paid in candy for their shoots. The adults seen, meanwhile, may be McMennamy himself, his acquaintances or even willing strangers.

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