Jason Salavon - Every Playboy Centerfold, The Decades (normalized) 2002The world looks a little different through my eyes lately.
This is how I first got exposed to the digital manipulations of Jason Salavon, particularly his amalgamations. He had the incredible idea to take a years worth of Playboy Centerfold images, and to write a program to average every pixel in the images together. You can view a sample of that work, above.
Considering a new source of inspiration led me to consider the changing face of one of the most powerful men in the world: the U.S. President. Using every presidential portrait yielded a surprising result:
Taking the base idea a step further and mixing in a median average generated an image with a haunting, painterly quality to it:
Turning the averaging lens to less savory subjects such as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Covers (1964-2000) shows some striking similarities in the poses featured on these covers over time:
Averaging results get interesting when applied directly to something easily identified, such as a human face. It's made even more interesting when those faces are well-known celebrities. These are the results of averaging many of the famous portraits of celebrities by Martin Schoeller:
Or sometimes it can reveal a true face of evil (Every contestant from the 2012 Miss America Pageant):
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