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Monday, April 11, 2011

The invisible man

Chinese photographer Liu Bolin is meticulously covered in paint so that he disappears into his surroundings. Apparently, it can take up to 10 hours to prepare for a single shot. Aren't his photographs mind-blowing?! You can barely see him!

P.S. Remember these painted people?

(Photos by Liu Bolin. Via Honestly...WTF. Thanks, Leigh)

106 comments:

Becca said...

Oh my gosh! It took me a few minutes to even find him in the bull-dozer photo. Crazy!

Becca

Diana Mieczan said...

WOW..that is so creative. I had such a hard time finding him on the 3rd photo. Such a cool project! Have a lovely Monday, Joanna

Hollie said...

omg! I could barely find him in the tractor picture. Amazing!

Alex Yates said...

I love these photographers!!! And love your blog!!!!!
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kaitlin said...

The shoes are what give him away. Otherwise, it's practically flawless.

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

HAHAHAHA This is so coooooool!!! Isn't it???? Some people I tell you! How creative! How many hours to plan and achieve this result. Pretty cool!

Have a Blessed week!

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PetalPetal said...

These are amazing! I'm actually shocked it only takes him 10 hours!

Brianne
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Emily Jones said...

This is absolutely amazing. Such a great find and so incredible! Thanks!

Giselle said...

That is brilliant!! Wow what dedication.

Pistachio said...

This is great. You can hardly see him!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

i know, the tractor is the craziest one by far. SO amazing!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

brianne, i agree!

An Invitation said...

These are great, especially in the trees! I can't believe he's able to blend in so well.

Frau Fröhlich said...

May be he could give me a little piece of his patience! Admirable!

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Sarah said...

Wow I think the hardest one for me was the tractor and the soda bottle pictures. These kinds of pictures are so crazy!

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Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

What an amazing idea! That guy has patience! :D
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Rebecca said...

Wow, these are great! It took me a while to find him in the tractor photo!

Kristina said...

No, that is just crazy. and brilliant. wow!!! on the third one I really had to look 5 times before I saw him!!
WONDERFUL!

Amy Rene said...

Amazing!

Flora said...

AMAZING! I couldn't find him on the third one! haha

magdalena viktoria said...

these are crazy good!

That's Not My Age said...

Brilliant - I can't actually see him in the bulldozer photo, could be here for hours!

Maggie said...

Nice shots!!
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Liz said...

WOW! Incredible. I'd love to see the actual painting process. How does he get it so exact?!

Lindsay [rookie's nest] said...

HOLY COW!!!!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

i know, liz, it's amazing. i think he has a team of people to help. it's exact to the centimeter!

Hannah Q. Parris said...

So stunning. It took me several minutes to find him in the tractor photo. I can't imagine how long it takes to paint him so exactly, much less stage him just so and then get such a wonderful shot...now that's dedication!

Maggy said...

Wow, it took me some time to find him in the third photo, unreal!

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

oh MY GOD!! this is so amazing!!!!


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Sarah said...

Such a cool project! I love it!

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New York Don't Leave Me said...

This is SO COOL! thanks for sharing! xo

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Dancing Branflake said...

What?!!! Oh my goodness this man is a genius. He needs to work for the government or something and be a spy. Speaking of, my word verification is "unspy".

mai autumn said...

oh my gosh! it took me a minute to figure out what this was! so neat :) :)

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Cool, but also a little creepy.

christina marie said...

wow!!

Lilacs In May said...

What a mind blowing hobby, he must have a very patient partner! Or maybe a partner that likes someone who disappears?!

gemma said...

truly mindblowing.

Sara Szatmary said...

This may have been a bit much before my morning coffee ;)

becky said...

The bulldozer picture is amazing---it took me so long to find him! What cleverness!

MG said...

Yea, I won't lie, it took me a bit to find the man in #3. Haha. These are great!

Miss Bibliophile said...

Those are amazing! I had to stare at that third one for a couple of minutes before I could make him out.

Jesse said...

i love the one with the soda cans, so cool.

Miss Molly said...

wow!! this is mind blowing

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rebecca s. said...

amazing!

one little journey said...

i had to look really hard for him at the tractor photo LOL

JenLynn said...

Amazing. I almost couldn't find him in the third photo.

Lili said...

Wow. That is amazing! What people come up with these days! :-D I really had a hard time with the 3rd picture, too, glad I'm not alone ;-)

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Jenni Austria Germany said...

i couldn't find him for the life of me in the bulldozer photo, either. glad to read everyone had the same problem!

Wallace said...

That is amazing! Like others, I had a really hard time with the bulldozer picture -- had to enlarge it and get really close to the screen before I found him, haha. How fun!

Angel Court Jewels... said...

So amazing!!! It's hard to believe he painted himself. Love this.

anahita said...

he is so epic ^_^

Cassandra Marie said...

Woah...I it took me a minute to find him in the tractor shot! These are crazy!

Gina Michele said...

Oh wow, that is awesome!

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nina / ash and anchor said...

AMAZING!! Thanks so much for sharing--- I'm seriously blown away!!!!

the lil bee said...

I saw this and literally said "WTF" out loud! The tractor and juice aisle are the best. Imagine the patience?

Abi said...

difficult to spot him in the bulldozer picture! amazing work!

Alie said...

My word, it seems like a photoshop trick, but it's REAL?!

Girly Notes said...

omgosh it kinda freaked me out haha
but the idea is unique
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Nicole LeLacheur said...

I literally could not find him in the bulldozer photograph, it took me at least a minute. This is too cool. Thanks, Jo!

Hilary Grace said...

Whaaaa that's crazy! I just stared for what felt like forever at the third image trying to find him. I was nearly convinced he wasn't even in it! So cool.

c & b said...

I've seen these before, they are very cool aren't they? The only problem I have with when these pictures are posted is that everyone keeps saying that he *painted himself*. But he has a team of assistants that paint him. He's the conceptual artist and he directs them but he doesn't actually paint himself -it would be a near impossible feat. Sorry to split hair, but as an art teacher I try hard to distinguish who gets the correct credit for the work they actually do.
cgw

A Rancher's Wife said...

wowza. Talk about talent! These are crazy. I had the hardest time finding him in the first picture. I thought I was losing my mind for a minute there.

Molliee said...

madness! this is so interesting - where do you find this stuff!? haha

Notes from Holly St. said...

wow...this is amazing!

Melissa said...

omg! i couldn't even find him in the picture with the bull dozer! very talented, and quirky!!

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Joanna Goddard said...

cgw, thank you so much for the note, i will fix asap!

Colores said...

I am.... speechless! wow! deeply impressed; and now I will gather some information from the web! thanks for sharing!

Nomadic D. said...

yeah, i flipped over these when I saw hem over at honestly wtf. I'd also like to say thanks to cgw for that correction, cause I was sort of going out of mind mind trying to figure out how he would paint himself while seeing what exactly needed to be painted. Doesn't take away any merit from the artist to know he has a team helping him, just helps us make sense of the process a bit more.

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Rebecca O said...

Glad to see I am not the only one who couldn't find the guy in the dozer photo!! I had to click on it to make it larger and then I saw it! There are freaking awesome! I would love to come across this in real life!

Thanks for sharing!

Meagan, in house nester said...

So spooky! The bull dozer one was really hard to find him! Very cool though!
meagan, row house nest

Monique said...

I thought it was just digital effects before reading. That was cool, this is mind-blowing!

Nicole MacDonald said...

These are incredible! I've actually been painted 'into a wall' before and hell even though that was 8 hours it didn't look close to this quality! the man is incredibly gifted :)
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Sunshine said...

wow....awesome!

Stephanie said...

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theRachel said...

Wow! Crazy! The bulldozer pic took me awhile...

Stephanie said...

its so cuteee!!
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kitten roar said...

these are incredible! i had to stare at the bulldozer photo for a good minute before i even saw him!

Nancy said...

Wow, that's awesome! It took me FOREVER to find the bulldozer one!

JESSICA DEFINE said...

that is frickin' incredible.

Noor said...

Wow, that is so cool!

PhotoPuddle said...

Oh wow, that's weird!!

Snappy Di said...

Kind of creepy, eh... LOL

Di

Liv said...

It's fantastic isn't it. Then also quite a critic against society that tries to make us into things, to adapt, to blend in so much that we lose ourselves

angie said...

this + the painted people one are super cool.

GothamPolish said...

That's amazing... I could hardly see him in the bulldozer pic!!!

Mo said...

Wow! These are amazing! The tractor trailer one blew me away.

Mandy said...

So creative! The bull dozer one is so good, took me a while to spot him!

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arom said...

i seriously cannot find him in the tractor picture...i am bliiiiiiind. help a sister out!



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marci said...

Wow!! That is cool! It actually took me a minute to find him in the tractor picture. :)

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, arom, look for the feet! :)

HOOTENANNY...Jennifer Jacks said...

I thought this was so cool I had to post it on my blog...with all credit given to appropriate sources of course...thanks!

La Franglaise said...

this is absolutely incredible! Literally, it seems to good to be true. I'd love to see the painting process from A to Z!

Laura Nicole said...

that's so awesome! xo
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Julie said...

Just got one of his prints!! Obsessed.

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agata said...

Ahahah i didn't find the man in the 3 photo! love him.

Sierra said...

wow, beyond cool!! I too did not find him in the last photo for a few minutes. What crazy creativity!!

julia said...

amazing work...maybe someone told him he should try to fit in.

Haylee said...

oh my heck. How on earth was he able to do that? Talk about a good paint job.. this is seriously phenomenal.

Lisa said...

This is truly amazing! I can't even imagine how much patience and attention to detail it must take to get it just right. Thank you for sharing this :-)

swiftcolour said...

bull dozer guy took me a long time to find.
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Katrin said...

Amazing work.
German model and artist Veruschka started doing that in the 80s together with photographer Holger Truelzsch. We've got their book 'trans-figurations', which is full of absolutely stunning images. See some of them here: http://www.veruschka.net/ Click on portfolio III and IV.
Veruschka is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. Her work is fascinating.

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Craig Galway said...

The tractor is the toughest one because the deep shadows cast by the tractor help conceal what can't be painted away, like the shadows cast by the man's feet. These are the easiest things to spot in the other photos.
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