is inspired by the visually chaotic
used in World War 1:
Dazzle camouflage was a type of ship camouflage used during World War
I. As its name suggests, it was meant to dazzle and confuse the human
eye. In an era where radar technology did not exist, an enemy vessel’s
range and heading needed to be visually identified for targeting. The
complex black and white patterns painted on ships with dazzle camouflage
made it difficult to ascertain whether a target was moving closer or
farther away and prevented accurate firing.
The person in the room covered with dazzle camouflage uploads selfies
to social media while surrounded by a larger self representing
narcissism. In an era where much communication occurs over social media,
metrics such as likes and follows fulfill our desire for recognition;
however, the ease of which we can obtain validation from others leads to
the growth of this desire, and we attempt to satiate it using our
self-image or “larger self.” The boundary between self and self-image is
unconsciously blurred by dazzle camouflage, and as a result, we
ourselves cease to recognize our own boundaries.
Young boy sitting on the bonnet of an early motor vehicle submerged in mud in Rankin Street, Innisfail, Queensland, Australia in 1925. The street is covered in mud and water from the flood which hit the town in March 1925. The car is a Ford Model T between 1917-1927.