Chameleon Portraits

4 November 2014

Remember the scene in Garden State when Andrew Largeman, (Zach Braff) is sitting next to his aunt at his mother’s funeral and she gives him a shirt made out of leftover wallpaper from a recently redecorated bathroom? He goes to the bathroom, buttons up the shirt and realizes he’s completely blended in with the bad Dorothy Draper palm frond wallpaper.  The terribly awkward scene had me wishing he could disappear without anyone noticing and become an actual wallflower. 

side note: if you've never seen Garden State.... that can't be possible. Everyone has seen Garden State. The soundtrack is even better.

Side note: If you’ve never seen Garden State…. wait, what am I saying, that can’t be possible. Everyone has seen Garden State. The soundtrack is even better.

This scene came to mind again when I came across a recent portrait project called “Chameleon Portraits.” The subjects blend in with their backgrounds, often wearing coordinating shirts to the wallpaper, or color blocking against a like colored wall.  Some might point out it’s a stance for assimilation or argue how one must adjust in order to belong. Simply, I think it’s just a beautiful and creative way to take a headshot as opposed to a stagnant background.

Here are a few of my favorites with tips on how to achieve your own from professional photographer, Emily Blincoe, who started the instagram hashtag #chameleonproject.

“There are many simple ways to blend into your background for one of these portraits. You could simply wear a yellow shirt while standing in front of a yellow wall. Wear green clothing and lay in some lush grass or wear a floral dress in front of some floral wallpaper. Stripes on stripes, polka dots on polka dots, fabric, paint, nature, paper.” You get the picture, and if you don’t, now you do:

portrait of Holly by Emily Blincoe.

a portrait of Holly by Emily Blincoe.

my very own attempt before it was a "thing."

my very own attempt before it was a “thing.”

this guy has the right idea: simple is often better.

this guy has the right idea: simple is often better.

Peruvian artist, Cecilia Paredes. I love how when her arms are folded they make a perfect bloom.

Peruvian artist, Cecilia Paredes. I love how when her arms are folded they make a perfect bloom.

 'The illusion of "disappearing" into the landscape that surrounds me is very exciting.'  - Cecilia Paredes

‘The illusion of “disappearing” into the landscape that surrounds me is very exciting.’ – Cecilia Paredes

Featured Image by Cecilia Parede. Oh, and for one last bit of inspiration and my favorite images see Jeanne Ciasullo’s bodypainting in a “A Temporary Fix.”

In closing, I give you one of the best movie soundtracks of all time, you’re welcome:

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