Here comes the spoiler: according to this article, it was created from photos of the subject and her family relatives who shared most face similarities. The photos were then animated and morphed together. Like the article points out, the animation still falls within the uncanny valley, but pause at any time and all you see is an real face.
Attending a photo exhibition on Sunday motivated me to take my camera with me again. Not to go out and shoot, rather just in case, for those “would make a nice photo” moments.
While commuting back from work in a half empty train on Monday, there was such a moment. This man sat in front of me and soon he tried to sleep. But although his eyes were closed, I could see he wasn’t sleeping (unlike so many Japanese commuters who just instantly fall asleep, often in the middle of checking their mails). His face looked calm and unworried. With the empty seats, I thought it would make a good image as soon as some motion through the window would contrast with his quiet looking.
Portrait of a stranger
But before that moment came, another commuter sat next to him. I spent a while wondering if I just missed the shot or if I should take both of them anyway. I liked his face and kept staring at him, after he gave up on sleeping, waiting for an eye contact so I could take his portrait.
That moment didn’t come either. Finally I took my camera and aimed anyway. After a few seconds, I pressed the button.
He looked at me, and smiled.
(The photo is as-is, out of the camera, without any post-treatment of any kind.)
Noah Kalina has been taking a self portrait every day for over twelve years, and uploaded yesterday on Youtube a new time-lapse video of this work in progress. There are a couple of such videos on Internet, but this one is the longest time span I am aware of. During seven minutes, you can not only see how his face evolves as he ages, but also get a glimpse of his outfit style as well as his professional and personals lives.
Scott Kelby invited the photographer Peter Hurley to make a guest blog post. In this 15 minutes talk, he explains how important the jaw line is in head shots, and shows how it can dramatically improve the quality of portraits. Thanks Sylvain for pointing it out.