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This picture from 2012 (I’m a bit behind with my processing) is from one of those moments when you set out to take one photo – in this case a stock image of a Union Flag – and suddenly realize that there’s something more interesting going on.

It would be possible to create this type of image by combining an ordinary photo of a suitable scene and and one of a flag, but it wouldn’t have the same liveliness or sense of spontaneity. The fact that the background includes both a tasteful Victorian-style street lamp and an ugly 1970s shopping centre lends a sense of authenticity that might be missing from something more touristy.

Although this was serendipitous, the underlying idea is something to add to the kit bag of interesting techniques.