Pantone Portraits — People in front of backgrounds that match their skin

In an ongoing portrait series, artist Angelica Dass photographs people with backgrounds that are tinted with Pantone colors to match the subjects’ skin colors…

You can see many more at her Tumblr.

(via Kottke)

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12 responses to “Pantone Portraits — People in front of backgrounds that match their skin”

  1. E.G says:

    Pantone® is colour represented by alphanumeric code which makes it possible for people to appropriate colours to digital media.Her blog says:“The project development is based on a series of portraits whose background is dyed with the exact Pantone® tone extracted from a sample of 11×11 pixels of the portrayed’s face. The project’s objective is to record and catalog all possible human skin tones.”

  2. lovely says:

    Hrrm, interesting observation but there is no true white. <3 We're all tinted!! 😀

  3. kat says:

    I have to say, as an artist, who does a lot of portraits, this is incredibly useful and interesting that somebody did this! Way cool ^_^

  4. Leiah says:

    This may be my favorite post yet. Not sure why, I just love it.

  5. Amy says:

    I’ll have to show my 6yo. Every time she draws a picture of a person, or colors a coloring book, she chooses yellow for the skin tone. Like we’re all muppets. Haha

  6. Doc Feral says:

    There could be a couple other themes from this… One where she takes groups of immediate family members and matches their skin tones. Then another one where she follows several individuals starting at childhood (say from the age of 5) and takes pics like these every year for 20-25 years…to show how a persons skin tone changes as they get older..The second idea would be like the documentary series in England where they’ve been following a group of people since they were 7 with a new interviews every 7 years with the same people.. I want to say they’re on series 8 for that currently..

  7. G.H. says:

    “The project’s objective is to record and catalog all possible human skin tones.”This is a science project – not art. And a boring science project as well that could be quickly done digitally and not through the use of static, emotionless portraits.

  8. Kjkillercom says:

    I have to say, that this is a rather interesting post. I really like it and it’s not only science, but also art of it’s own.

  9. Juanny says:

    OMG RACISS!!1!

  10. jethro says:

    so, what’s the point of this?

  11. Kim Bayne says:

    What a cool way to illustrate the diversity of humanity.

  12. Bill Lawry says:

    This is nice! Are there any asians in there? Japs maybe.

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