street photography under digital pressure
  • The "blinding camouflage" was used during the times of First World War to confuse an enemy. They used to cover warships' hulls with crazy black and white lines and patterns, sometimes with colored elements. When such a ship was observed through a periscope, it was difficult to tell where was its bow, where was its stern, which overall shape the ship had and which direction it was moving. Inspired by this paint, called Razzle-Dazzle, I processed a few street photos in a similar style. 

    After the processing I looked at these pictures and remembered another illusion. Sometimes, while taking photos of a lively scenery, I had the impression that something important and significant is about to happen. Nothing particular happened, but the feeling of anticipation only got stronger, the objects surrounding me looked more and more mysterious until the sense of events was gone completely. During such moments, it even appeared to me as if something ethereal glimmers between and among people in the street crowd - some distant echo of another world. The next moment, that feeling was gone and I felt as if just awaken. 

    Perhaps this condition is somehow connected to the blinding camouflage through the Zebra. One of the characters of Philip Dick's novels describes the Zebra as an enormous rational entity breaking into our irrational Universe. This creature is a master of camouflage; it is so colossal that it surrounds us everywhere but we never notice it. One can only see the Zebra when it wishes to reveal itself. This creature could sometimes give us winks by turning on its blinding camouflage. In such moments, a man would see something akin to a Dazzle-painted ship amidst the smooth waves of everyday life. Something of incomprehensible shape and size, impossible to describe or explain, yet harmonious and attractive.