Earlier this month, I was lamenting my rather busy attempt at a collage: Too many elements, all vying for the same amount of attention. No focal point. I loved the colors. I loved the images. But they didn’t work together in the design I had created.

After some soul-searching (and collage staring), I decided that 1. the collage needed more color contrast. 2. The collage needed a strong focal point (maybe in the contrast color), and 3. All the images I used couldn’t play together. With these goals in mind, I added a strong black and white image (from an old Christian Dior ad) as the focal point and to add some contrast. Still finding the collage too busy, with too many competing elements, I added a strong contrast color — copper — and let one of my favorite images peak out of the bar of color. I think the collage now works much better. I hope you agree.

Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy

Sense from the chaos.

Sense from the chaos.

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