Kate (byte)

2021
Eight portraits of Kate Moss generated from existing pictures using computer code

After successfully using image recognition software for the Bella series to crop the source images to make my pixel portraits using the processing computer language, I was looking for different ways to combine the images. I still wanted to retain the original pixels, and not blend them, but just swap them in different ways, or maybe combine more than 4 images at the same time.

So I collected images of Kate Moss and started experimenting with combining more than one image.

My first experiment was to use ALL the images I collected, and just pick a pixel from each image and then go to the next, and start over when I reach the end of the images. I had 75 images to work with, and if I used them all at the same time I ended up with this image, which is recognizable, but much to blurry for my taste, it misses all expression:

Kate (fixed 74 images)
Kate (fixed 74 images)

Another experiment, where I randomize the order of the images, so as to lose the textured grid over the previous image, resulted in this:

Kate (random 74 images)
Kate (random 74 images)

Which is also too blurry and loses all expression.

I experimented with a lot of settings for the number of images to use, and the number of pixels to copy in a row, to use all rows or all columns. These are some of the intermittent results that I ultimately rejected.

In the end I settled on an amount of 5 source images, and swapping horizontal rows. This created a very striking visual effect, but at the same time nicely articulated and expressive portraits. I like the sharpness they have, and the retro feel beaus the lines remind me of television lines.

Kate 01
Kate 01

Kate 02
Kate 02

Kate 03
Kate 03

Kate 04
Kate 04

Kate 05
Kate 05

Kate 06
Kate 06

Kate 07
Kate 07

Kate 08
Kate 08

All the pictures from the m0dels series are available as NFTs on the Rarible marketplace.

This work belongs in: m0dels, NFT