As an artist, I'm interested in culling visual data about a person not to marginalize but reveal what we communicate about ourselves on a conscious and subconscious level. These portraits are erased and modified images from Facebook profiles. Using basic face recognition and simple action scripts in Photoshop each person is randomly replaced by the visual data in the surrounding of the person. The body is removed and transformed into a shadow portrait. Like the experience of Prosopagnosia, the face becomes a mixed jumbled blur of other people, places, and things. The photograph becomes a scrambled record reviling a split and a closer look at the digital ego.
As identifying a person becomes almost instantaneous with Deep Face and Google Face recognition, which can identify a person with their back turned toward the camera. Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. become more intertwined in the way we communicate as a modern society. We leave a digital trail of our personal information, contacts, photographs, and life events. As we interact with social media the defining line between us and other blurs as information about our friends, our families, even our children get pulled into the data surrounding our digital-self. Our identity as an individual becomes a profiled caricature of information.