Romance Series
For this ongoing series of work, I combine popular algorithms with traditional romance novels. After scanning all of the covers, I apply Photoshop's Photomerge feature (originally intended to stitch together photos to make panoramas) to the images to produce dreamy, hybrid landscapes. Because the covers are so similar, the algorithm often finds areas that it believes should overlap. I print these landscapes on porcelain commemorative plates. Each plate also features a Popular Highlight from a romance novel on Kindle.

I used content from 100+ different books chopped up as input for this project. I cut up the book covers into smaller pieces subtracting the text, put all these smaller images in one folder on my computer, and I input this content into Photoshop's Photomerge algorithm. I take the results and feed it back into the software over and over to produce the synthesized imagery. I’ve been doing this for almost four years. Though I can only recognize a handful of books in each plate, the input into each work is all of the 100+ books.

Elements from the following books were used as the basis for this project:

All I Need Is You by Johanna Lindsey
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught
Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
The Black Lyon by Jude Deveraux
Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
Brave the Wild Wind by Johanna Lindsey
The Bride by Julie Garwood
Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Castles by Julie Garwood
Child of Awe by Kathryn Lynn Davis
City of Light by Lauren Belfer
The Comforts of Home by Jodi Thomas
Defy Not The Heart by Johanna Lindsey
The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
Double Standards by Judith McNaught
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
The Enchanted Land by Jude Deveraux
Fast Track by Julie Garwood
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn
Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr
The Heart of Thunder by Johanna Lindsey
A Heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey
Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood
Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood
How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn
I’m Going to Marry by Meara Platt
Intrigued by Bertrice Small
It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn
Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery
A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
Legend by Jude Deveraux
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Love Me Forever by Johanna Lindsey
Love, Come to Me by Lisa Kleypas
The Maiden by Jude Deveraux
Meeting Lily by Sarah Woodhouse
Mercy by Julie Garwood
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
Mountain Laurel by Jude Deveraux
Muse by Michael Cecilione
The Next Always by Nora Roberts
Night Whispers by Judith McNaught
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey
Once and Always by Judith McNaught
Paradise by Judith McNaught
Perfect by Judith McNaught
The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
Prince Charming by Julie Garwood
The Prize by Julie Garwood
Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr
The Raider by Jude Deveraux
Ransom by Julie Garwood
The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr
Remembrance by Jude Deveraux
Return to Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux
A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Saving Grace by Judith McNaught
Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Secret by Julie Garwood
Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr
Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
Someone To Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas
Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught
Somewhere I’ll Find You by Lisa Kleypas
Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
Springwater Seasons by Linda Lael Miller
Sullivan’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank
Surrender My Love by Johanna Lindsey
Temptation by Jude Deveraux
Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn
Tender Rebel by Johanna Lindsey
The Tender Texan by Jodi Thomas
Tender Triumph by Judith McNaught
Texas Blue by Jodi Thomas
Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas
Three Sisters by Susan Mallery
Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery
Until Forever by Johanna Lindsey
Until You by Judith McNaught
Velvet Angel by Jude Deveraux
The Velvet Promise by Jude Deveraux
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare
When Love Awaits by Johanna Lindsey
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
Wild Orchids by Jude Deveraux