People who follow me might be familiar with my interest in pareidolia. That’s the propensity to make up words that sound filthy.
I kid . . . it’s the propensity to resolve random patterns into familiar objects. In my case, faces. There are examples dispersed in various posts of mine, THIS being one such post. In that particular case, I used a computer program I own, Portrait Professional Studio 15, to “facilitate” the visualization so that others might enjoy the same ability.
A favorite activity of mine is capturing photos of bagel slices that incorporate the likeness of faces. In the case of bagels, I tend to draw freehand on the photos to “bring out” — so to speak — facial features. THIS post has a good number of examples and it also contains my work with muffins.
Why do I bring this up? Because I lied about not doing any Deep Dreams for a while. You see, I ran a bagel face through Deep Dream . . .
In case anyone wonders what the two originals look like, let me tell you.
This is the original bagel photo . . .
It was then modified using Pixlr to generate this . . .
And merged with this photo . . .
Well, when I saw that, I immediately ran another bagel face . . .
If you went to the linked post, you would see that this muffin . . .
. . . was transformed into this . . .
Naturally, I wondered what Deep Dream might do with such an expression of high art . . .
I have to admit . . . I was hooked, in no small part because I’d tried bagel and muffin faces before and had not been impressed . . .
But now . . . now I’d stumbled on the equivalent of my very own Sutter’s Mill.
I started hunting down all the bagel faces and muffin faces I’d ever done . . .
Now, I know that me dumping them all on here might overload the senses and throw people into fits of ecstatic bliss, but I figure it’s best getting all these out at once rather than dole them out a few at the time.
Yes, that goes counter to everything they tell you about keeping readers happy and interested. My way — or so I’m told — has people’s eyes glaze over, their brains shutting down, and some even decide to go into politics.
Slack-jawed, they look a bit like this . . .
. . . their vacant eyes staring into the infinity of nothingness, their drool solidifying onto their ashen cheeks as if limpid lakes of mother-of-pearl, and in general taking on the appearance of modern legislators.
Of course, some readers get all excited with the oddness of it all . . .
. . . and want nothing more than to run outside and tell everyone!
Seriously, who wouldn’t want a copy of their very own bagel vampire?
Or, a baby bagel cyclops?
I even had an (unintentional) likeness of a certain mad Dicktator . . .
That’s exactly how I feel.
Some of the artwork is not changed much while still — in my opinion — improved overall.
The scary part is that I have something like 30-40 unmodified bagel photos just waiting for faces to find their way into them, and once I do, yep, I’ll be Deep Dreaming them.
Some obviously dread the coming onslaught . . .
. . . while others appear overjoyed . . .
. . . or, maybe, perplexed. I guess one can see whatever one wants in these fine examples of the fortuitous synergy of food, art, and computing innovation.
Most of my bagel faces bear no resemblance to actual food . . . er, faces . . .
. . . but some occasionally evoke images of actual fake characters.
Like, for instance . . .
I think that looks like Mrs. Doubtfire . . . I could be wrong. Often, one Deep-Dream-modified muffin face can be mistaken for another.
Of course, there’s now added pressure to come up with not only original artwork for my many bagel faces-to-be, but to also make them Deep Dreamable.
Then again, none of these were planned, so maybe I shouldn’t worry too much about it. The worst that can happen is that I don’t produce anything interesting, and if that’s the case, it’s not like anyone would know.
As many might think this last bagel face is a self-portrait, I will remind people that I’ve not worn ties for many, many years. For that matter, I don’t have that much hair.
Anyway, I notice most readers are yawning . . .
. . . and their eyes are starting to cross, so I’ll stop.
As usual, I’ve added these to the massive Deep Dream SmugMug Gallery HERE.
Here’s the gallery of the above faces . . .
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