Faces in Places
Type of site
|Launched||Monday, April 23, 2007|
Faces in Places is a photoblog that features (as the author describes) photographs of faces found in everyday places. The featured photographs consist of inanimate objects that a viewer would perceive as representing a face. This perception is a type of pareidolia - perceiving random stimuli as significant, or anthropomorphism - people attributing human qualities to a non-human being or object.
The Faces in Places blog was launched on Monday, April 23, 2007, with a photo of a crane that resembles a grasshopper. Prior to this, the editor had started to encourage people with a similar interest in anthropomorphic images to submit them to a Flickr group. The Flickr group is now the main source of images used on the blog. The blog continues to be updated daily.
On September 21, 2007, Faces in Places was featured in the b3ta newsletter, which led to an increased level of interest in the project from the blogosphere, global newspaper and television press.
In 2010, Ammonite Press published a book by the same name, compiled by Jody Smith. The book follows the blog and features photos of pareidolic "faces" in everyday places photographed by members of the Flickr group. Proceeds from the book raises money for the children's charity, Hope For Children.
- b3ta newsletter http://b3ta.com/newsletter/issue295/
- Boing Boing: Humanizing everything http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2007/10/26/faces-in-places-huma.html
- The Sun: Can you spot Faces in Places?http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/article702404.ece
- Daily Mail: Faces spotted in the strangest of places http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=496085&in_page_id=1770
- Yahoo! Find of the Year 2007 http://uk.promotions.yahoo.com/finds2007/weird-and-wonderful/