New Stamps Join Athletes With Architecture
July 27, 2012
Stamp collectors are about to go bonkers (bazoingers, even) over the new set of stamps released today by the Royal Mail, featuring Olympic athletes melded with London’s architectural icons. The collection commemorates the 2012 Olympic Games and will only be available for a limited amount of time, but that doesn’t mean the stamps took a limited amount of time to design. (Ha!)
Photographers had been working on the stamps for over fifteen months, with the vast majority of that time being spent to make sure the athletes and buildings met at precisely the correct angle. The athletes were photographed first, as the stamp designers wanted to capture their poses correctly from a technical point of view, rather than pose them. They then took pictures of the associated landmarks from a dizzying variety of angles, trying to find the one that would match perfectly. The two sets of pictures were then matched up and Photoshop-ified. The stamps show a perfect joining of humans and architecture, highlighting gestural similarities and vindicating Le Corbusier.
Images: Royal Mail via Co.DESIGN