They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Each of the images in this gallery is made of up up to 200,000 words of varying lengths, heights and colours. Amateur Spanish artist Juan Osborne scours speeches, lyrics and books for the words associated with his subjects. Each picture is painstakingly pieced together on his netbook using software he designed himself.
He says: “People are surprised when I tell them that my work is created using a standard netbook and software that I built myself – which is very basic. There are no limits to creativity – if I need something or think of a new way to make something I just create a new application to do it. I feel free without the need for commercial software. Words are powerful, they go straight into the human mind and really add something to my pictures that you can’t get from a regular picture taken with a camera. Mine have stories behind them that can be read, which is pretty unique. I’ve made so many now that I’ve got the process down to a tee and can churn out a lot in a short space of time – maybe just a few days each.”
He says that he now plans to create a colossal super picture consisting of one million words: “My biggest one so far was a mere half a million words, but I want to go one better – or half a million better. The only problem I have is finding somewhere to print a picture that big.”