Saturday, October 17, 2009

Picture Blog #5 : Camouflage Art

This is rather contradictory: a piece of fine art which is not meant to be visible.

That is exactly what 'camouflage art' seeks to achieve. It takes great effort and precision to create one to perfection. Once it is done, you cannot see the object in the master piece. Well, at least, you are not suppose to be able to.

The term 'camouflage' comes from the French word 'camoufler' meaning "to blind or veil." Mother Earth has obviously understood the art of camouflage. In nature, animals use it to protect themselves from predators: Chameleons use colors to blend into their surroundings and zebras use their markings to disguise their shapes and to confuse the predators.

Look at the Satanic leaf-tailed gecko in the picture above. The lizard can amazingly camouflage itself to resemble a shrivelled autumn leaf. Why wouldn't anyone be amazed at the wonder of nature?

Besides nature, camouflage is also used by the military. In fact, it was first used in the French Army in 1915 to help them camouflage during the WWI.

In this picture blog, we will look at camouflage as an art form. Examine each of these pictures carefully and admire how 2 artists have taken so much pain to create 'disappearing acts'.

Simply awesome!

Desiree Palmen

Photographer Desiree Palmen lives and works in Rotterdam. He takes amazing photographs which let people 'disappear' into the surroundings. His manipulation of the position of the models and use of colors to confuse the contours are just so clever.

Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin is an artist from Shanghai, China who uses camouflage art to depict his unhappiness with the actions of the Government. Put aside the fact that his art is largely politically inspired, lean closer and scrutinize the precision he has put into his art. (via

"If we all showed our true colors,
we'd have one beautiful rainbow."

~Tracy Hardy~

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