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Out of this world

With her most recent series, Alienation, South African photographer Anelia Loubser finds the extraterrestrial in all of us. Here are the mugshots she used as source material. More Loubser at Behance, Facebook, and Twitter.
posted by GrammarMoses on Sep 4, 2014 - 4 comments

Who are you now, Doctor?

A hypnotic video merging every actor who's played Doctor Who into one average face. [SLYT] (Laughing Squid via)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 17, 2014 - 29 comments

The Many Faces Of Commuter Fustration

Attention Tim O'Toole : You are the CEO of First Capital Connect and my train is late almost every day. I'm going to change your face every time my train is delayed. (SLTP)
posted by The Whelk on Jul 12, 2014 - 49 comments

The best 143 songs of all time

Andrew Collins started a blog in July 2013 - Circles of Life: The 143 - he's about half way through now. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on May 21, 2014 - 32 comments

How Pixar screwed up cartoon cars for a generation of kids

"The eyes of anthropomorphized cars are the headlights, not the windshield. When we look at a car, we see the front end as a sort of face. They're almost always bilaterally symmetrical, like a face, they have roughly the same number of general features, so it's easy to ascribe eyes, mouth, and even sometimes a nose to the various components. Like I said, we're really good at doing this. Consider the simple emoticon — :-) — and you'll see what I mean. We see faces in everything." [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Oct 22, 2013 - 109 comments

HUGO: MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES

This memory was added on: May 3, 2009
gotta love him!..I found him in the attic recently and was reminded of the times my friends and I would take him out with us to concerts, culbs and parties in the late 70's early 80's...he does not have his disguises .. just his beautiful bald head and blue eyes...I was tempted to sell him..but i know he would haunt me in my dreams...he's here right next to me now giving me the unhairy eyeball just talking about it...I hear Hugo...and I obey....
posted by not_on_display on Jul 1, 2013 - 7 comments

????????, alias Kate Stewart, alias "kswizzle"

A long long time ago, a web site called YTMND had a meme involving people whose facial expressions seemingly never change. But this meme has an unusual origin. Back in 2005, a SomethingAwful user received a series of flirtatious IMs from a person he'd never talked to before. The photos "she" sent him were used for the original meme – but there was no proof that they belonged to the IMer. Over the course of two weeks and 63 pages, forum users collaborated to figure out just what the hell was going on – and the story, as it unfolds in real time, is twistier and more unexpected than real life usually ends up being. [use the MAJOR UPDATE PAGES at the top of the thread to navigate; search for "The Pitbull" to jump to updates from the OP]
posted by Rory Marinich on Mar 27, 2013 - 45 comments

Faces of Human Ancestors

To put a human face on our ancestors, scientists from the Senckenberg Research Institute used sophisticated methods to form 27 model heads based on tiny bone fragments, teeth and skulls collected from across the globe. Here is a video showing those different models morphing into one another. Original article here. [via] [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Mar 4, 2013 - 12 comments

Abbot to Zimmerman

The faces and brief histories of several hundred magicians.
posted by Iridic on Mar 1, 2013 - 12 comments

the face as a canvas

A Family Affair by celebrated Dutch makeup artist Ellis Faas. Her brother is the model and her daughter created the music. Faas says, "As a late teenager, I visited the Tate Gallery in London and was blown away by a Francis Bacon triptych. It made a great impression on me because of the use of colour - it was unnerving and stunningly beautiful at the same time. Bacon inspired many experiments I did over the years." (via The FaceCulturalist)
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 15, 2013 - 7 comments

monsters are people too!

12-year-old uses Dungeons & Dragons to help scientist dad with his research: Cognitive scientist Alan Kingstone wanted to test whether people look at each others' eyes or simply to the center of faces. Some had suggested an answer would be impossible to discern because humans' eyes are in the center of their faces. But Alan’s son, Julian, a fan of D&D, told his father about D&D monster characters that have eyes in unusual places, such as on their hands or tail. “[Julian suggested] if you just showed them these images, you could find out whether they are looking for the eyes or not. I thought, actually, that’s a very good idea,” Kingstone said (summarized from Cosmos). The paper describing the results - "Monsters are people too" - was published in the British Royal Society journal Biology Letters this month, with 14-year-old Julian named as the lead author.
posted by flex on Nov 1, 2012 - 42 comments

Rule 63 Ascendant

Photographer Senen Llanos likes profiles and costumes, so why not combine them both with The Faces Of New York Comic Con 2012 Part 2. (via)
posted by The Whelk on Oct 16, 2012 - 16 comments

A Dream Passing By In The Sky: the Small Faces and the Faces enter the R&R Hall of Fame

This weekend, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will induct the Small Faces and the Faces. Though being inducted as a unit, they were very much two distinct bands—both of them central to British rock of the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s, and whose influence on music, fashion, and pop culture is still felt today. [more inside]
posted by scody on Apr 11, 2012 - 37 comments

"If I didn't create art I would go crazy and this is a good enough reason to carry on."

"I draw with a Biro pen, i paint with anything. I often run into the sea." Mark Powell draws old people on old envelopes with a plain old ballpoint pen. [more inside]
posted by taz on Mar 11, 2012 - 11 comments

Frankenlouie

Two faced cat is a record breaker. Latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records to feature Frank and Louie, a 12-year-old cat with two mouths, two noses and three eyes who survived against huge odds. [more inside]
posted by SueDenim on Sep 30, 2011 - 48 comments

Brokers with hands on their faces

Brokers (or traders?) with hands on their faces - blog (updated)
posted by Surfin' Bird on Aug 10, 2011 - 45 comments

Eww. Girls.

Flashing turns pretty girls ugly [SFW]
posted by christopher.taylor on Jul 8, 2011 - 74 comments

Bruno Munari

"Bruno Munari was an Italian artist and designer, who contributed fundamentals to many fields of visual arts (painting, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphics) and non visual arts (literature, poetry) with his research on games, infancy and creativity." Here are a collection of Bruno Munari's Faces. You can see more of the maestro's work in this short documentary: 1, 2, 3, and on this Italian children's show from the 1970s. And here are scans from some of Munari's famous illustrations for children's books.
posted by puny human on Apr 19, 2011 - 5 comments

What a Face

What a Face A tribute to character actors with "distinctive" looks. [via mefi projects]
posted by null terminated on Dec 29, 2010 - 81 comments

It's Chinatown

Videogames reach the uncanny valley with the facial animations (yt video) in Rockstar's L.A. Noir, their 1940s Los Angeles set detective game.
posted by Artw on Dec 18, 2010 - 77 comments

THAT'S A BONE

Few phenomena have the power to confound as many different types of people as pareidolia. It doesn't discriminate by culture or religion. It causes Christians to see Jesus and Mary, Muslims to see the names of Allah and the Prophet, Jews to see the Star of David, Hindus to see the monkey-god Hanuman, and Buddhists to see — you guessed it — the Buddha. Even atheists who haven't devoted themselves to skepticism have puzzled long and hard over the famous face, and more recently, Bigfoot, on Mars. Now video has surfaced on YouTube of pseudoscientist and perennial attention-seeker Richard Heene (yes, Balloon Boy's dad) seeing things on the red planet too. If you'd prefer the filler edited out, the remix is highly entertaining. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Aug 11, 2010 - 20 comments

Face, meet Type.

T y p eF a c e . [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser on Jul 10, 2010 - 12 comments

Terre de Personne

Pierre Gonnord is a French photographer who specializes in arresting portraiture.His subjects have been described as quasi biblical (Fr). He lives in Madrid, where he currently has an exhibition on called "Terre de Personne." via
posted by Lezzles on Dec 18, 2009 - 12 comments

Faces on places are aces.

FACE AHOY
posted by stresstwig on Nov 23, 2009 - 43 comments

The Crow Paradox

Crows can tell people apart. Can you tell crows apart?
posted by Artw on Jul 28, 2009 - 72 comments

Why We Stare, Even When We Don’t Want To

Why We Stare, Even When We Don’t Want To “When a face is distorted, we have no pattern to match that,” Rosenberg said. “All primates show this [staring] at something very different, something they have not evolved to see. They need to investigate further. ‘Are they one of us or not?’ In other species, when an animal looks very different, they get rejected.” The article is about why humans stare at disfigurements, but it may say something about why we stare at anyone who seems different. Previously: Seeing race: the Other-Race Effect.
posted by shetterly on Jun 22, 2009 - 39 comments

Women Are Heroes Phase Next

Graffiti Project in Kenya Slums — more than a year after he took the original pictures, French photo artist JR has returned to Kibera, Kenya. He was reunited with the women who had accepted to be part of his WOMEN project at the end of 2007 (previously). 2000 square meters of Kibera slum rooftops have been covered with photos of their eyes and faces. Most of the women will have their own photos on their own rooftop and the material used is water resistant so that the photo itself will protect the fragile houses in the heavy rain season. They are on view from the railway line that passes above them, and will be visible for Google Earth. (via Africa.Visual_Media)
posted by netbros on Apr 8, 2009 - 11 comments

More Ways The Internet Makes You Insecure

How Old Are You? Guess people's ages based on submitted photos. (via)
posted by The Whelk on Feb 4, 2009 - 57 comments

I want a girl just like the girl who married dear old Dad

Some people look like celebrities. Some people look like their pets. Some people look like monkeys or Kenny Rogers or old lesbians or video game characters. But I just want someone who looks like my parent so eventually we can look more like each other. (Obviously previous stuff: here and here and here. Familiarity breeds similarity!)
posted by twoleftfeet on Oct 3, 2008 - 21 comments

I've Just Seen a Face Search Interface

facesaerch uses Google Image Search's &imgtype=face parameter to saerch search for faces. via
posted by Knappster on Aug 4, 2008 - 14 comments

head hacks

Russell Higgs has been adorning his face and head with various objects and posting photographic portraits online since July 2006. Dutch artist Levi van Veluw also likes to modify his face by putting things on it and photographing the results.
posted by madamjujujive on Apr 12, 2008 - 11 comments

Here's Looking at You

Faces in Places : A photographic collection of faces found in everyday places. You can see more at the Faces in Places group photo pool at Flickr.
posted by Orb on Sep 25, 2007 - 15 comments

Faces in the crowd

A Thousand Faces Photographer Hal Satterthwaite photographed a thousand people in Walthamstow, which is in north-east London. It's a multi-racial, multi-cultural area, and the photographs reflect this beautifully. Related article from The Times.

I had intended to link to various pictures, but for me the delight was finding the faces I liked best by browsing the site. I even found a friend in there.
posted by essexjan on Aug 2, 2006 - 15 comments

Yeah, I don't know either.

Who took these photos of young girls with letters written on their foreheads, and why? via
posted by Afroblanco on Jun 12, 2006 - 49 comments

Projecting human attributes.

The Face of Things. Anthropomorphizing everyday objects can be big business.
posted by nickyskye on Jun 1, 2006 - 22 comments

Mr Angry & Mrs Calm

Mr Angry & Mrs Calm. This illusion will BLOW YOUR MIND.
posted by smackfu on Oct 25, 2005 - 42 comments

Favela Faces

Favela Faces. The stories of four people in Rio's favelas.
posted by plep on Mar 8, 2005 - 3 comments

St. Andrew's Face Morpher

St. Andrew's Face Morpher lets you upload a photo, and then morphs that photo so the person looks more caucasian, or afro-caribean, or older, or younger. Or drunk. Or like the person is 1/2 monkey. (Many more options available.)
posted by 23skidoo on Jan 10, 2005 - 23 comments

Beautiful agony

"Facettes de la petit mort" Yes, it's erotic but it doesn't feel like porn. Or does it? (NSFW)
posted by hjarten on Dec 1, 2004 - 19 comments

Friday roffles & syrup

Daily Jolt's Fantabulous Foolishest Face Fest Finalists and Winners: Heh. Roffle. Lol. Rofl. Kek. No Ma'am.
posted by naxosaxur on Oct 29, 2004 - 2 comments

Shake it 'till you make it.

Shakeskin.com — An international gallery of faces in motion.
posted by o2b on Oct 22, 2004 - 2 comments

FaceFitter

Ultimate Flash Face.
posted by Gyan on Aug 26, 2004 - 9 comments

FreakyFace

The Thatcher Illusion (using Madonna), the original, Bush
posted by srboisvert on Mar 21, 2004 - 25 comments

morphases

morphases [note: flash]
posted by crunchland on Jan 6, 2004 - 3 comments

Wacky. Face. Flash. Another. Thingy.

Another Wacky Face Generator Flash Thingy Look! It's wacky! It has Hitler, and George W. Bush! And you can make their faces wackier! Wheee.
posted by Stan Chin on Aug 31, 2003 - 5 comments

Character Heads

Character Heads (Die Charakterköpfe, the first link is in German) - the remarkable late work of eccentric/mad 18th century Austrian sculptor Franz Xavier Messerschmidt.
posted by misteraitch on Apr 3, 2003 - 10 comments

Manimals

Manimals - discover the strange and unsettling world of photographer-digital artist Daniel Lee and his darwinian art.
posted by madamjujujive on Oct 25, 2002 - 15 comments

Ever wonder about your NPR correspondents?

Ever wonder about your NPR correspondents? If you're like me, you've been listening to NPR every time you get in the car lately. Over time, it's only natural to wonder what Nina Totenberg and Snigdha Prakash actually look like. Oh, Mara Liasson, will you be mine?
posted by vraxoin on Sep 21, 2001 - 25 comments

fun with faces.

fun with faces. using applets, ken perlin built an interactive facial-expression thingy. i found this site because ken is responsible for the cute lil heart animation at google. there are quite a few interesting thingamabobs to check out at his site.
posted by acridrabbit on Feb 14, 2001 - 4 comments

LifeFX

LifeFX This company claims to have made 3D models of faces that are indistinguishable from the real thing. If I didn't know before hand, the few examples they show would have fooled me.
posted by Nyarlathotep on Aug 11, 2000 - 1 comment

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