During the seventies and eighties, Hockney explored the use of what he described as Joiners. Using prints or polaroids, Hockney would composite a subject or scene from multiple images. Both the subject and photographer would move during the process instilling the end result with a narrative rather than capturing a moment.
Hockney suggested that photography lacked a sense of time. A rather unreal frozen moment. The process is instantaneous as opposed to painting, which develops over time. The composition of a joiner is produced in the same way one constructs a drawing. Some areas of a scene are ignored, others are looked at in detail. Hockney believed that the joiners extended photography. By drawing with images he gave them a narrative.