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Default Facebook Avatars Become Human




Remember when you first created a Facebook account and saw one of these default avatars on your profile?

Default male Facebook silhouette

Default female Facebook silhouette

You probably have a much more exciting profile picture by now, but two photographers separately came up with the idea to humanize these default Facebook profile pictures and create their real life counterparts. French photographer Thomas M. aka TWO shot 11 portraits of men and women with closed eyes and lots of white makeup, against the same light blue colored background as used in the default avatars. Around the same time, a Romanian designer called Radu Ceucă executed the same concept for advertising agency Vitrina with a single portrait of a white painted male. The resulting photos for both “human avatar” projects are absolutely remarkable.

Let’s start with the human profile picture ad for Vitrina, including some “making of” photos. Take note of the distinctive cowlick!

Real Life Facebook Avatar

Making of Real Life Facebook Avatar

Real Life Facebook Avatar Makeup

Real life Facebook avatar photo shoot

Photorealistic Default Facebook Avatar

And here are the human avatars from TWO’s shoot. Look closely at these profile pictures. Yes, those are real people!

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Human Default Facebook Avatar

Now let’s hope these pictures inspire some of you to dip their heads into white paint and send us the pics! Looks like a challenge for our Facebook man, perhaps?

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Default Facebook Avatars Become Human Posted by on April 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM. Use this trackback if you're linking this story.

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