Jairo Gutiérrez Feut

Serie “Blur Portrait“

Materials: Lambda print in Lightbox

Dimensions: 125 x 125 cm

Year: 2014


Google Street View offers the possibility to navigate in sequence of images through maps. Together with buildings, cars and streets, many persons are shown in those images as well. Dealing with the privacy issues, Google blurred the faces of persons using automatic face recognition system; which without being hundred percent effective, still influenced the way we used to see images of persons in public spaces. The series of Portraits, captured blurred persons in Google Street View by using screenshots and overlay them in arrangement of dozens of layers. The compositions are made semitransparent to allow all the pictures to fusion with each other and create images that take to the extreme, the blur effect that was used as censure over the original shots.

The results are abstract images that became portraits of anonym masses in the digital space. The visual form alludes some works of Gerhard Richter and the abstract tradition of modern art.