Desiree Palmen's photos of camouflaged people

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  1. Jeremy A says:

    @ #17

    What else are brothers for?

  2. velocity girl says:

    @ #7

    Me too. I loved that bit. I wonder where the idea came from–Palmen, the Sunset Blvd. dude or someplace else (like Gondry’s awesome imagination)?

  3. localgirl says:

    bldy cmflgd ppl – snd ‘m bck sy!

  4. rapid fire controller says:

    This is a fantastic use of the photographic art form.
    Some of the stuff you see winning the Turner prize could do a lot worse than take a leaf out of Palman’s book

  5. Antinous says:

    The photos are cool. However, when you click to enlarge, you get a pop-up that is smaller than the image, can’t be resized and doesn’t have a scroll bar. At least in Firefox. Oops.

  6. David Pescovitz says:

    ANTINOUS (#1), I assume you’re talking about on her site, not BB? Even still, I’m on Firefox on a Mac and I’m not experiencing that issue.

  7. Antinous says:

    Yes, on her site. Which sounds like it was designed on a Mac, since I’m on a PC.

  8. cerebus19 says:

    I’m on a PC, using Firefox, and have no problems on her site.

    I thought I should point out that her last name is “Palmen,” not “Palmer,” and the headline and text should be fixed.

  9. Takuan says:

    way cool!I like the dummy child, a good way to get the other guy to hold fire for that split second you need to drop him. When we gonna get genetic engineered for flare-able eyespots?

  10. Wingo says:

    This reminds me of a guy who hangs out on Sunset Blvd on stilts, camouflaged as a tree. It’s pretty amazing – he stands right next to little trees on the sidewalk and you can’t see him at all. Then he bends down ands speaks to passers-by perusing the Walk of Fame and scares the bejeezus out of them. Pretty clever.

    Oh, and the photos are amazing. :)

  11. thelibrarianne says:

    Very cool- it reminds me of the scene in Be Kind Rewind when Jack Black and Mos Def are camouflaged against the fence. For some reason, my brother and I thought that part was hilarious. Among other parts.

  12. obeyken says:

    Kinda reminds me of Claire Fischer’s mask pieces in Six Feet Under.

  13. preterite says:

    Attempt at less stilted translation:

    “Today’s increasing public use of surveillance and electronic identification systems spurred artist Desiree Palmen to create work focused on the theme of camouflage. In photography, video, and installation pieces, she explores the artistic possibilities of people dissapearing into their surroundings. In those disappearances, clothing plays a crucial role: a suit is painted like its model’s background, viewed from a certain angle; a shirt covers a body and then extends to cover a tabletop, confusing the contour of body and table. Palmen’s photographs of these scenes call attention to how their own perspectives enable the function of camouflage, and to how the function of camouflage depends on perspective.”

  14. Antinous says:

    Does water kill them?

  15. Strangepork says:

    Where”s Predator when you need him?

    …ceases to exist..

  16. whatisgoingonblog says:

    Beautiful picks, It is hard to see the invisible people. Think Predetor.

  17. David Pescovitz says:

    @CEREBUS19 (#4), Thank you! Fixed my spelling error.

  18. Takuan says:

    saw a radar cop the other day. Fluorescent orange vest totally invisible against the orange, black and yellow lettering of the portable warehouse sale sign he was standing in front of. Cheater.

  19. Jeremy A says:

    @ #7

    Same with me and my brother!

  20. Agent 86 says:

    http://www.desireepalmen.nl/images/large/stairs.jpg

        Yesterday upon the stair
      I met a man who wasn’t there.
        He wasn’t there again today
      Oh how I wish he’d go away.

  21. thelibrarianne says:

    @ #15:

    Glad I’m not the only one who can enjoy a ridiculous movie with a brother once and a while.

  22. spazzm says:

    Sorry, guys.
    Modern AI algorithms are smart enough to figure out that if someone walks on camera, sits still and blends into the background; he’s still there.

    Cool pix, though.

  23. Doug Nelson says:

    The first time I came across anything like this was Timna Woollard’s work in the move Where The Heart Is

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmPCLrj5igY

  24. jccalhoun says:

    Reminds me of When a Stranger Calls Back. Creepy movie.

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