Posts Tagged ‘faces’

Using a Face Detector to Generate Creepy Mugs from Random Polygons

The man in the moon and the face on mars. These are both the result of a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia, which involves the brain trying to perceive random signals as significant. It’s one of the brain’s face detection mechanisms, and causes us to see faces where they don’t actually exist — the Virgin Mary’s face on toast, for example.

Programmer Phil McCarthy decided to play around with the idea of paredoila in artificial intelligence, and created a program called pareidoloop. It uses face detection algorithms to “see” human faces in randomly generated polygons.
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Bizarre Portraits of People Poking Their Heads Underwater

Fish Heads is a strange series of portraits by Los Angeles-based photographer Tim Tadder featuring subjects plunging their faces under the surface of water with wild expressions on their faces. The final photos are rotating, giving viewers a disorienting perspective.
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The Hilariously Contorted Faces of Divers in Mid-Air

Diving is one of the most popular Olympic sports among spectators, and arguably one of the most graceful. The faces of the divers as they perform their acrobatics? Not so graceful.

ShortList Magazine took Getty photographs of divers and then cropped out their distorted faces. G-forces have quite a negative effect on beauty…
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Portraits of Women Blended with Ink Photographs

For his surreal series titled “Beibeees”, artist Alberto Seveso blended photos of women with smoke-like photographs of ink in water. To recreate this kind of look, try shooting smoke or ink against a pure white background and then use the cloudy formations as a layer mask on a portrait.
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Photoshopped Photos of Ridiculously Ripped Children

“Bodybuilders’ World” is a curious project by Belgian photographer Kurt Stallaert featuring digitally altered photos that combine the muscular bodies of bodybuilders with the youthful faces of children. At first glance they might look like ordinary portraits, but look a little closer and you’ll see that things look very wrong.
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Hilarious Slow Motion Video of Faces Being Blasted by Air

Last month a series of humorous photographs by Tadao Cern showing faces being blasted by air went viral on the web. Now, Cern is back again with slow motion footage captured during the photo shoots, and the clips are every bit as wacky as the still photos.

Portraits of Kids Before and After Tooth Surgery

Being Brave is a series of portraits by photographer Andy Brown showing children before and after tooth extraction surgery. Brown first photographed each child bright-eyed and smiling in the waiting room, and then captured their faces again as they were waking up from general anesthesia.
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Models’ Faces Split and Mirrored Down the Middle

Photographer Wendelin Spiess created this series of images for the latest edition of USED magazine. Spiess took photographs of models, split the faces down the middle, and mirrored them. They say human beauty has a lot to do with facial symmetry — perhaps models’ faces are more symmetrical than your average mug?
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Surreal Portraits Created by Painting Developer Onto Photo Paper

At first glance, photographer Timothy Pakron’s “Silver Print” series of portraits might look like ink paintings or some kind of CG art. They’re actually photographs created by hand painting developer onto photo paper in the darkroom instead of immersing the paper entirely in the solution. Pakron writes,

By using the familiarity of the face as the template, my process involves hand painting the developer in the darkroom, intentionally revealing specific, desired aspects of the face in the negative. Doing so creates a stark negative space that gives the portrait a lucidity. Instead of creating a realistic, straight from film portrait, I am more interested in exploring how the original image can be brought to the surface in alternative ways. The portraits embody their own unique strangeness.

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Fashion Photographs with Faces Pressed Against Glass

Fashion photographs are generally shot to make the clothing and the models look attractive, but British photographer Neil Bedford chose not to go that route when shooting a series for clothing label Neighborhood‘s lookbook. He had his models press their faces against invisible panes of glass, resulting in quirky and humorous fashion photos featuring smeared faces.
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