Real-Time Digital Make Up Alters Real Faces In… Real-Time

We have talked quite a bit about projections and their applications in this blog, but I don’t think we have ever mentioned one of its most artistic uses: mapping. Mapping means that you build the projection based on a scan of an object so it seems as if the projection is part of real life (as opposed to the examples above which only exist in a photo).

Nobumichi Asai and the team at Omote took this concept to a whole new level by doing real-time face tracking & projection mapping on a live model. This actually enables Asai to create ever-changing digital makeup in a split of a second.

There is not much information on this online, but I assume the technology may be limited to where you can easily project onto a model’s face, so it probably would not work with moving people yet, but I would not be surprised if we see that coming up as projectors get smaller and more portable.

[omote / real-time face tracking & projection mapping | h/t Stefan]

Mixing Street Photography and Projected Light

I stumbled upon Martin Weibel‘s photography and saw something I have never seen before, mixing candid street photography with projected light.

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I wanted to learn more and engaged in a discussion with Martin. I asked him what was the inspiration for the series.

I am a Swiss based photographer who grew up in Lucerne, a real beautiful town in the center of Switzerland. My work mainly revolves around black and white street photography.

I love this [street photography] discipline because it’s always different, unpredictable, and unique. Each moment occurs only once. I love taking photos of people, even strangers. And almost everywhere you go you will find them. My curiosity about the human condition and how people go about their lives is what drives me. The opportunities that street photography provides are endless and the moments are always present, just waiting to be captured. [Read more...]

These Beautiful Broken Mirror Sunsets Are Anything But Bad Luck

It is a common belief that a broken mirror yields seven years of bad luck. So I was obviously wondering what was Bing Wright thinking when he went ahead with his Broken Mirror/Evening Sky project.

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While the sunsets look absolutely real, Bing tells us that he “took photos of sunsets and projected them in the studio. Mirrors reflect projection. The resulting image is a reflection of a reflection of a…“.

As for the mirrors themselves, if you believe in bad luck it is even worse than the initial appearance as “The mirrors were randomly broken- the mirrors are 11×14 inches. Broke a lot of and used only ones with good break patterns“, which means that more mirrors were broken than just the 16 mirrors that were actually shot. [Read more...]