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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Invisible Man Portraits ~ Liu Bolin

37-year-old Liu Bolin, from Shandong, China, manages to camouflage himself in any surroundings, no matter how difficult they might be. I was blown away by the images when I saw them a few years ago.

Liu works on a single photo for up to 10 hours at a time, perfecting the angle, the shading and colours so he disappears into the environment. Many times passers-by don’t even realize he is there until he moves.

The talented Liu Bolin says his art is a protest against the actions of the Government, who shut down his art studio in 2005 and persecutes artists. It’s about not fitting into modern society. Despite problems with Chinese authorities, Liu’s works are appreciated at an international level.

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