Digital Camouflage – Jordan Hill

For my camouflage assignment, I stuck to what I know best and camouflaged myself in video using tools like pixelation and camera focus to my advantage. My idea stemmed from how quality deteriorates and makes up for information that isn’t there. In many cases the computer will guess what pixels should go where based on whats around it, which is why you often see blotches of colour in poor quality video. I can loosely attribute this type of camouflage to how species, such as some frogs (non poisonous), use their colour as a tool to blend themselves into their environment.

Here’s an article discussing frog camouflage: Frog Camo

I find it interesting in how when we actively search for something in videos with poor quality, the harder it becomes to make sense of the information. Our mind starts to take vague colours and shapes and attribute qualities to them (think shadows at night). My videos play with that idea and make you try and make sense of the environment and then figure out what in it doesn’t make sense.

I wore a long sleeve grey shirt and a short sleeve green shirt over it to break up the solid colour, as well as a black shirt for the shadows. In the process I wanted to make sure I had varying distances and environments to hide in. Not only different environments, but different aspects of those environments (shadows, colours, out of focus, etc.). I thought it was important to reveal myself at the end to give that “aha” moment and make someone go back and analyze the video with the results in mind.

By the end of the video shooting, I realized how hard it was to make a body look natural in a place it does not normally belong. Many of my videos didn’t end up making the cut due to obvious breaks in environment consistency (one of these things is not like the other). Overall, it is a series that may be interesting to continue with more potential for outfits and locations. I see potential in urban environments, natural environments, and also some shadow work.