After consideration and feedback from fellow students I have decided not to pursue this collage approach any further. I’m not at all convinced by what I have made here and it seems clear that it doesn’t work for other people either.
A suggestion was made to add the music directly to the original images as a slideshow, rather than using collages. I feel this would only highlight the confusion around the original images, and could make the images themselves secondary to the music. There is also the issue of licensing; “Love Story” itself is not free to use. I don’t want to spend more time working on this when I don’t believe it will be an improvement.
I’m going to focus now on my other original idea, to use a journey along the towpath through Oxford.