Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Researchers claim that the creation of an invisibility cloak is feasible with future technology, and that soon humans could have the ability to blend in with their surroundings. Not content to wait for science to catch up with imagination, Dutch artist Desiree Palmen uses paint to camouflage her subjects, giving us a taste of what life will be like once invisibility becomes a reality.

These photos come from Palmen’s series, “Camouflage” and “Surveillance Camera Project,” depicting people who have gone to extremes to hide themselves from sight. Her subjects, who are visible in the photos, are more like chameleons than completely invisible, but it is easy to imagine them as prototypical users of cloaking technology.

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

Imagining Life After the Invisibility Cloak

[Desiree Palmen via Environmental Graffiti]