Posts Tagged ‘portraiture’

Playing Around with Average Faces Using Martin Schoeller’s Celebrity Portraits

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Yesterday, PetaPixel shared photographer Richard Prince’s composite portrat created by blending together 57 faces of girlfriends seen on Seinfeld. I also enjoy playing with the idea of image averaging, and can’t get enough of it. Late last year, I started experimenting with the idea of averaging faces by blending portraits.

I needed a set of faces that were all semi-similar enough to create good averages with. Well, if you haven’t seen the work of photographer Martin Schoeller, you are missing out! He has a series of close-ups that are shot with very similar lighting styles and compositions of famous (and not-so-famous) people. It’s simply mesmerizing to see. I grabbed the shots above to try face averaging out with.
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Portrait Diptychs Showing the Differences and Similarities Between Subcultures

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A black Baptist minister and a group of Ku Klux Klan white supremacists. You wouldn’t expect to see them together, but that’s precisely why they’re found side-by-side in photographer Mark Laita‘s project Created Equal. Laita spent eight years shooting black-and-white portraits of Americans that are on opposite ends of various cultural spectrums. The images are then placed into diptychs that are both jarring in their juxtapositions and powerful reminders of our shared humanity.
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Portraits of Miss Korea 2013 Contestants Spark Discussion on Plastic Surgery

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The web is abuzz over newly released photographs of Miss Korea 2013 beauty pageant contestants, and not in a way the photographer or the pageant were expecting. The photographs have sparked heated discussion on the topics of plastic surgery and racism.
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Self-Portraits as Different People Wearing Different Clothing in Different Places

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When photographer Caleb Cole sees strangers in public, he wonders about them — the lives they lead, how they experience the world, how they make meaning of things, etc. This interest led him to start a self-portrait project titled “Other People’s Clothes. It’s a series of photos in which Cole steps “into the shoes of the types of people” he sees on a daily basis.
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Portraits of People Encountered Through an Online Classifieds Website

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There’s often a degree of anonymity in online classifieds, as you often don’t learn what a person looks like until you respond to their ad and meet them in person. Perth, Australia-based photographer Phil Hill has been working on a portrait project featuring the people who post listings to Gumtree, a free online classifieds website that competes with Craigslist.

The portrait subject above had originally posted an ad that said: “Rock hobbyist looking to expand small rock collection, willing to pay for good specimins.”
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Heartwarming Portraits of Pets and Their Loving Owners

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Need a pick-me-up? Check out the project “Your Pet and You” by photographer Tobias Lang of Hamburg, Germany. The series is composed of beautiful portraits of all kinds of pets and their loving owners.
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MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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100 Years in Tokyo: Portraits of People in Japan From Ages 0 Through 100

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Between 2009 and 2012, Finnish photographer Petri Artturi Asikainen roamed the streets of Tokyo in search of subjects for his project 100 Years in Tokyo. His goal was to collect portraits of people for all the ages between 0 through 100. The result of the effort is a book that contains 202 beautiful portraits — the faces of a man and a woman for each age in that range.
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Trippy Video Shows How a Person’s Face Changes Depending on the Lighting

Want to see how much of an effect the direction and color of your lighting has on your portrait subject’s face? Check out this trippy video by Nacho Guzman, who used a moving light and changing colors to cause a woman’s face to look like it’s constantly morphing.
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Couple Travels 135,000 Miles Over 5 Years for Wedding Dress Portraits

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Photographer Jeff Salvage and his wife Jennifer got married back in 2008 near a volcano crater on Easter Island. While they were there, Salvage had his new wife wear her wedding dress for three photo shoots in various locations and at various times. Those shoots sparked a photo project idea that would take the two on an adventure around the world.

Since 2008, the Salvages have traveled over 135,000 miles to countries all over the world. At each location, Jeff shoots a portrait of Jennifer wearing her dress.
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Smile-Inducing Portraits of People Lost In Daydreams and Happy Thoughts

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Photographer Alexandra Sandu is on a mission with her photos: she wants to put a smile on people’s faces and make people who see her images feel good about their lives. Since September 2009, Sandu has been working on a portrait series titled Daydreamers.

For each of the portraits, the photographer asks her subject to close his or her eyes and think about something beautiful. The instruction is reminiscent of Peter Pan: “Just think happy thoughts.”
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