101 Algorithmic Autoportraits

Here for your consideration is an online gallery of 101 algorithmic autoportraits—pictures generated by computer based on nothing more than simple search expressions.  Each one was made by relaying the unvetted results of a Google image search to a program I wrote to hunt for faces in them, extract whatever it finds, align positions of…

Face Averaging and Google Image Search Results

“Okay Google, I’d like to connect you with this algorithm I’ve worked out to create pictures of faces by averaging your image search results.  First, show me what you think Man, Woman, Girl, and Boy look like.” “Well, that gives us a baseline of sorts, but let’s see what you can do with something more…

Time-Based Averaging of Indiana University Yearbook Portraits

To help celebrate Indiana University’s upcoming bicentennial in 2020, I’ve been applying time-based averaging techniques to university-related images that document long-term change on a scale far beyond that of ordinary time-lapse efforts.  These techniques can be used to create either still images or video animations, and I’m aiming to do both, maybe leading to a…

Improvements in Face Averaging

The historical face-averaging experiments I’ve been blogging about here for the past couple years have depended on efficient, decent-quality methods of averaging faces in the first place.  I’ve recently figured out some ways to improve my results and streamline the process of getting them, and in this post I’d like to describe my latest revised…

Averaging Faces in Profile, and Other Things

Face averaging has now become a relatively common procedure, with an assortment of software programs specifically designed to carry it out.  But all past efforts I’ve seen have had one significant limitation: they assume faces will be shown looking forward, and they can’t accommodate faces shown in full profile.  That’s frustrating if we want to…

Averaged Portraits of U. S. Presidents, 1789-1829

To celebrate the Fourth of July this year, I’d like to share a set of portraits I’ve made of the first six presidents of the United States by applying face-averaging software to groups of contemporaneous paintings of them—portraits that are arguably both new and authentic at the same time, as paradoxical as that might seem. …

The Fashionable Face: A Work in Progress

I’ve been exploring the possibilities of historical face-averaging here for some time now—that is, “averaging” groups of facial images from successive periods and then arranging them into timelines so that we can compare them side by side or, better yet, watch historical trends unfolding before our eyes as video animations.  The reason it’s been a…