CV Dazzle – Face Painting Style

I recently discovered Dazzle Camouflage  – a form of camouflage developed during the first world war to hide a ship’s size and speed from the enemy and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! If you are not familiar with this ‘art form’, here’s a link to wikipedia, where it is explained far better than I could!

Image taken from Wikipedia - Painting of Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool, by Edward Wadsworth, 1919

I then discovered that dazzle camouflage had been reinvented for our surveillance society, where it’s known as CV (computer vision) Dazzle – Face paint to fool computers! Basically, by breaking up the facial features used by the computer programme to identify faces – placement of eyes, nose etc, the software is unable to recognise faces or even see them as faces at all. In these days of CCTV, automatic face recognition and tagging on facebook and the like, this could be a useful way of hiding from the machines. In the words of a good friend of mine – “You’ve got a market for bank robbers, rioters and fare dodgers!” (I’m joking, of course!)  Take that, Big Brother!

Here’s a couple of examples of my take on the art form, inspired by the work of ahprojects.comFace painted CV Dazzle Camouflageblack and white CV dazzleFace painting CV dazzle camouflage

 

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