Flickr Mosaic: Belated Valentine 1.2 (2006)

Mosaic made from about 3300 candidate Flickr images containing one of the tags love, heart, kiss, hug or venus.


Target Image: Detail from Botticelli "The Birth of Venus"


I wrote my photomosaic software in Perl, making use of ImageMagick, and the Flickr API. I describe some techniques for making photomosaics such as these, in the book Flickr Hacks, from O'Reilly.


This is the third version of this mosaic that I have posted on Flickr. The previous one was made a year ago, a little after Valentine's day, hence the title. This one is not actually belated, so perhaps I should say elated valentine ?


This version shows some of the improvements in my mosaic-making software over the course of the year. The obvious visual improvement from the prior version is mainly due to the use of duplicate tiles. The previous versions use all unique tiles, which greatly decreases fidelity to the target image. The tradeoff is that there are far fewer individual tiles making up the image, which reduces the fun of examining it up close.


If you like this image, check out my other mosaics and my posters.


More stuff by jbum:

Sudoku Puzzles by Krazydad

Wheel of Lunch

Whitney Music Box

The Joy of Processing


  • OliveEyel 9y

    That's Incredible!
    I loved looking at it in the Original size.
    Just simply amazing!
    ; )
  • myriad-mosaics 9y

    Nice job! I make mosaic myself (marble and glass) that's why it caught my eye. Well done!!
  • L ucille 9y

    I can't believe it! just wow!
  • Anna Theodora 9y

    i will neeeeeever get this level of perfection!!!! gaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh
  • Hannah Clarke 8y!
    thats amazing!!!
  • Bruno Dillen 8y

    Great work !
  • cidsa1 8y

    It´s astonishing what you can do with a mosaic!!! It´s gorgeous!!
  • ∑nder 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Art Bandits, and we'd love to have this photo and any others you may have, added to the group; thanks!
  • Charis Tsevis 7y

    Nice one! I love Mosaics.
  • ndh 7y

    This is one of the best photomosaics I've seen. Sometimes they have a choppy, pixellated look that would be totally unsuited to a portrait of Venus, but this mosaic is amazing: it has a soft, glowing look to it.

    It amuses me that someone tagged a photo of the General Lee's door with the word love, heart, kiss, hug, or venus.
  • Jim Bumgardner 7y

    ndh - thanks for the nice comments! There are two factors which can help keep a mosaic from looking choppy.

    One is sub-sampling, which helps insure that the content of each tile (and not just the average color) matches the target image.

    The second is to use a very large collection of candidate images for tiles (even though only a small number of them may appear in the final mosaic). This insures that you have a lot of good matches.
  • LavenderLou 7y

    dear krazydad,
    I loved your mandala site - awesome!
    this is for you

    the faces of love -
  • Venus Oak 7y

    very cool
  • vivian dall alba 7y

  • shades_of_idaho 6y

  • Venus Oak 6y

    Your picture is DIVINE.
    Please add it to the VENUS - APHRODITE group.

    Venus - Aphrodite
  • Venus Oak 6y

    love this mosaic

    Your picture is DIVINE.
    Thanks for adding it to the VENUS - APHRODITE group.

    Venus - Aphrodite

    Thanks for joining......I really like this one a lot
  • Venus Oak 6y

    You are invited to add this cool picture to the art bandits venus contest. For more details go to the group page:
  • F Tarawneh 5y

    fantastic work!
  • eveninct. 4y

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