By Jack Williams
This travel-loving couple’s fascinating photo mashups showcase the similarities that crop up around different parts of the globe.
Chanel Cartell, 32, and Stevo Dirnberger, 31, have seamlessly merged together the likes of famous landmarks, natural landscapes, foliage, and buildings – all taken hundreds or thousands of miles apart.
Through doing so, they said, they hope their “Scenes from Around the World: A Mash-Up Project” will highlight how alike different parts of the world can actually appear – whether it be the Brooklyn Bridge or Tower Bridge, a dock in Austria or their native South Africa.
Chanel, from Johannesburg, said: “We feel so very fortunate to have seen some of these places, because some people will go to one or two and they won’t have that reference to compare it to.
“But because we’ve seen so many places, we could say, ‘That actually reminds me of a place we were a few weeks ago, or a few months ago,’ and so this project was born because we had those similarities in mind.”
The couple were the subject of headlines in 2015, when they quit their jobs and headed off on a two-year adventure that would take them to 40 different countries.
While travelling, Chanel and Stevo were able to build up a vast collection of images, which they would share on their popular Instagram account of more than 150,000 followers.
When they returned, however, the couple were left with more than 14,000 shots that had not been shared with anyone.
Passion projects, they said, were an essential part of their journey, and the main reason for starting travelling in the first place.
So, with a huge selection of images at their disposal, Chanel and Stevo spent three weeks hand-picking their shots that would make up this series.
Stevo said: “What we noticed, when we were travelling, was how similar some of these places were, and how different some places were at the same time.
“We wanted a way to bring different parts of the world together, and while looking through these photos we started picking ones that could work together as one image.
“Similar but different: You have blue waters with red waters, but they still give you a sense of nature, the horizons meeting at the same time, so it was quite a fun project to work on.”