James and I went along to The Big Picture mosaic unveiling earlier today (if you don’t know about the project, check out the website) and I’m thrilled to announce that I - as a contributing photographer - am now a joint world record holder! Woo-hoo!
Okay, so, I share this accolade with the thousands of other people who also submitted their photos, but still ...!
Supercool did the project’s e-flyers and designed the ‘We’ve Done It’ leaflet (yes I did know which was the winning image in advance of the unveiling!) so we were invited along to the lunch reception and speeches bit before the big reveal. It was interesting to hear some background to the project, as well as seeing all the people who’d worked really hard and been instrumental in pulling it all together getting some well-deserved recognition and applause. (I was the loud clapper at the back!)
On to the grand unveiling itself - of eight shortlisted photos only one had been mosaic-ified and the shortlisted folk didn’t know whose image had been selected until the tarpaulins were pulled back. Tense times for all the finalists! Happily, Nick Booth over at Podnosh captured the moment when Lucy Moore realised the photo of her grandad had been chosen as the winning shot. Not a dry eye in sight!
I’m not sure how long the mosaic’s going to be at Millennium Point but if you can possibly get to see it, do. It’s utterly, completely incredible that all of those raw photos can make up such a precise replica of the winning image. Awesome. (I just wish my photography did it justice!)
If you can’t get to see the real thing though, have a squizz at the clever e-version over on the Big Picture site. I’ve not found my photos yet but I’m gonna keep on searching - yep, they’re in there somewhere. Amongst 112,896 images ... so there goes the Bank Holiday!