What Van Gogh’s Famous Self-Portrait Looks Like as a Photograph (The Atlantic)

By Megan Garber (Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.)

In a word: creepy. In another word: beautiful.

What would a Van Gogh painting look like as a life-like image? What would Van Gogh himself look like — not as a series of impressionistic swirls, but as a common photograph? Lithuanian architect and photographer Tadao Cern wanted to find out — so he digitally recreated one of the artist’s most iconic self-portraits as a modern portrait. The result is haunting:

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Compare that to the artist’s actual self-portrait:


So, basically: The architect took one of the most rare things in the world — a Van Gogh painting — and converted it into one of the most banal: a selfie. But in the process, using contemporary tools, Cern also created a new form of art, one that takes the work of human hands and transforms it into something that could exist only in the digital realm. Here is — generally — how he did it:

I am a teacher – let me show a video – the sad state of teaching.

I have recently been substituting for other professors and I have found a few that do nothing but show movies a la Bad Teacher. Seriously?

I can see doing it once or twice a semester but every day? And if you must and you can’t come up with 2 hours of compelling information to share with your students, can’t you at least get good videos?

I watch the stuff I show my students. If it bores me and I care about the subject, how are they going to feel? I talk over parts of my videos as well; I seem to have interesting and entertaining points and it keeps them from falling asleep. I pause my videos and we discuss mid-video to keep it interesting.

And all of this “movie showing” for me is phoning it in. It’s calling a day off.

It is our job to fill their brains with information, not let someone else do it. Oh yeah, and I found a few videos to have incorrect information. FAIL!