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Mr. Presidents

I’ve been pretty busy lately, and haven’t had a chance to post anything, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been fooling around when I can! Here’s a finished blended amalgam from the other night:

Mr. Presidents by Pat David (cc-by-nc-sa)

Mr. Presidents by Pat David (cc-by-nc-sa)

This is every one of the U.S. Presidential portraits (except one) all blended in Imagemagick. Once using an average, and a second one using median blending. I brought these into GIMP and overlayed the median blend at 50% opacity.

I also liked the original average blend, but the median blend added a few nice abstract edges that were not as pronounced in the average image. It also darkened the image a bit more, and gave it a more ‘grungy’ feel overall that I like. Here’s the average version for comparison:

Mr. Presidents (average) by Pat David (cc-by-nc-sa)

Mr. Presidents (average) by Pat David (cc-by-nc-sa)

While the averaged image has a nice soft quality, I think for the subject the median blended version has a slightly ‘harder’ feel to it, and seems a bit more painterly.

This is the first one of these that I’ve done that have me seriously contemplating finding a way to get them into a gallery or something (I’m woefully ignorant of how it all works apparently). I am also thinking about selling limited prints of these as well, but again - I haven’t the foggiest idea about how to actually do it…

Actually, I do have this print for sale on RedBubble, but it’s different than what I’m referring to. They’ll print, mat/frame and ship it to you, but it’s just like any other Print On Demand (POD) service.

I’m referring to more specialized/limited prints that are signed and numbered for instance.

I think if anyone actually wants to buy one of these, I’d probably limit the number to some multiple of the number of U.S. Presidents, like 44/4.

So, 11 signed prints (8x10).

And maybe $1 for each president, so $44 per print (matted)?

I’d be interested in hearing what others are doing for this!

Of course, like most of my stuff, it’s licensed cc-by-nc-sa - so you can always feel free to download the full resolution and print it out yourself (if you do, please tell me! Extra internet points if you take a picture of it hanging and send it to me!).

Okay, this feels like a bit too much self-promotion (even for me). Drop me a line if you’re interested in picking up a print, or if you have some insight!

In Other News…

The founder of, Michael Zhang must have been out of his mind recently when he let me start writing for PetaPixel. So, I’m writing for PetaPixel. Here’s my first post there.

I’ll be doing my best to drop some interesting posts over there (and here still).

Filed under: photography, GIMP, amalgamation

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