Some animals have evolved to develop a defense against predators called mimicry. This is the ability to resemble another animal, plant or inanimate objects. It’s taken millions of years of evolution for living creatures to develop this skill.
A body paint artist called Joerg Duesterwald decided to use his skills to recreate this natural phenomenon. Using a model, and working alongside artists Laila Pregizer and Uwe Schmida, Joerg blended the human body into its surroundings using nothing but paint.
The results are beautiful and almost perfect. We say ‘almost’ because some of the models hiding in the landscapes are easy to spot. Some, on the other hand, are impossible to find. Only the keenest and most observant eye (possibly belonging to someone with a high IQ) can spot them without help.
For this IQ challenge, try to spot the woman in the following pictures as quickly as possible. Take your time, and look for the shape of a woman’s body among the landscape. Good luck!
The artist used nothing but body paint to blend the model to her surroundings. That’s right, no photoshop or digital enhancements. Impressive, isn’t it? Here’s a close-up detail of where she is.
The artists’ commitment to not using editing tools was so intense, that they took all the photographs at the locations and painted the models right there on the spot.
As you go through this list, you’ll see why that’s significant. Some of the landscapes are rough, with extreme temperatures, and out in the wilderness. For this snowy landscape, look on the left side among the trees.
Model Society had this to say about the project: ‘These remarkable images encourage us to enjoy the curves, forms, and subtleties of the nude body just as we would enjoy the graceful shape of a tree, the gentle rise of a hill or the abrupt angles of a rock formation.’
The unique body paint project, called Metamorphosis, has been released as calendars in 2011, 2012, and 2013. But the idea for the project had been in the mind of the photographers for quite some time.
The focus of the artists was to take pictures of the models in ‘all four seasons in various natural settings.’ They were painted in a way that they integrate into the landscapes to the point that they’re inseparable from nature.
Their goal was for the models to ‘virtually disappear.’ And as you can see from these pictures, the artists definitely achieved their goal!
Duesterwald, 49, who is one of the body paint artists attached to this project, has been doing this kind of work for the past 20 years.
Here, you can see a beautiful river with blue-green waters. On the right side, a model’s body is shaped perfectly to the contour of one of the gray rocks.
This beautiful woodland path at sunrise shows a formation of leafless trees. On the left side, Mr. Duesterwald has painted the model perfectly into the rough bark. The texturing is incredible!
The most impressive part about these photographs comes when you understand just how difficult it is to match paint to a natural surrounding. Here, the model is the exact shade of the rock she’s lying on.
Duesterwald’s talents have earned him a legendary status around the world. His work has been showcased in advertising, formal events, and a wide array of TV commercials.
In 2008, he received the German Body Painting Champion award in the brush and paint category. This is a prestigious awards ceremony that honors artists at a national level.
His work has also been featured in magazines and news outlets all around the world. It’s very intricate; each model takes hours to complete. He then spends a few more hours doing touch ups once they’re standing against a backdrop.
Duesterwald doesn’t limit himself just to landscapes. His practice of mimicry using body paint extends to every setting including car garages, farms, fishing ports, abanding structures and everyday scenes.