Photo Series Uses Face Detection to Spot Faces in Clouds

Cloud Face 1

As humans, it’s only natural to take a look at the sky and perceive to see an object, a face, an animal. Computers, too, are capable of this perception. However, they may be capable of finding things that the human eye can’t, or just might not notice.

In a project called “Cloud Face“, Seoul, South Korea-based Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun of aptly-named ‘Shinseungback Kimyonghun‘ have pointed cameras up at the sky and let complex algorithms detect faces in the passing clouds.

The results, to say the least, are rather interesting. The project aims to “examine the relation between computer vision and human vision”. Here’s an animation showing a “face” behind detected in a series of cloud frames:

It can be a bit tricky to make out the “face” in some of the images. If that’s the case, try moving away from the screen, tilt your head, and squint your eyes!

Cloud Face 3

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Cloud Face 6

Cloud Face 7

Cloud Face 2

The faces are really quite visible when seen from afar, as shown in the image above.

You can find other works by Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun on the Shinseungback Kimyonghun website, which include cat-like features in human faces (and vice-versa), the fours seasons depicted by one million related photographs, and more.

Image credits: Photographs by Shinseungback Kimyonghun and used with permission

  • Gary

    No joke, but I uploaded some cloud studies to Facebook once and one of them was flagged by their facial recognition software. They wanted me to tag my friend. LOL!

  • Jake

    Haha, yeah, I’ve gotten that with all kinds of random things: random paint peels on the wall, blurry leaves in the background, the breaking crest of a wave…

  • Martin

    I see a guy giving me a “hang loose” sign in the first picture.

  • Mansgame

    Even I am impressed by this

  • Swade

    And who are you?

  • we

    We are everywhere

    Sometimes we can see us

    looking at the same

  • Duke Shin

    …a friend’s fat folds…

  • etothej

    Their work is great! You should check out their website. I also really like their ┬┤memory┬┤ work: a photoframe that superimposes all the faces that have looked at it to make an average much like many of the averaging projects we have already seen.

  • Jake

    He is…The World’s Most Cynical Man.
    “I don’t always comment on PetaPixel, but when I do, I prefer rude, narrow-minded trolling. Stay nasty, my friends.”

  • Andre

    That’s awesome.. albeit somehow creepy

  • branden rio

    Oh lord, this is like the slogan of the Petapixel comments section

  • branden rio

    I could not hang that on my wall. Out of the corner of my eye I would constantly think people are watching me. Maybe I could hang that in my co-worker’s office to give him a sense of paranoia.

  • Adam Cross

    awesome =D