Monday, May 31, 2010


There's an article at Shutterstock about how to take a personless picture of a crowded place using Photoshop's statistical scripts. My first thought, of course, is: what happens if you do this with a stack of photos of different things? Are the artifacts it generates interesting?
I have a series of digital drawings I've been making for 10 years, made according to a formula of nude models drawn with colors sampled from a background of satellite space photography. I did this to all 50 of them, and this is the result:

That's pretty cool.
Then I did it to my grad thesis paintings, which don't even have up and down orientations, to see whether I had compositional tendencies with those:

It doesn't really know what to do when you tell it to automatically align things. I'm going to keep playing with this and see if I can get the other statistical options to do anything interesting besides black, white, and gray blocks. There's something fascinating about using a formula made to find signal on noise.


QTrainQuips said...

I'm finally checking out your blog, lady. I saw that article the other day and there's a part of me that still doesn't believe that this is possible...good old photoshop.

Also, I forgot I had a blogger account.

Janet said...

Yeah, everyone sort of has one. It's one of those not-entirely-integrated parts of the Google empire. Thanks for sharing that link.