Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist who has made a name for himself with his “Hiding in the City” photo series. Liu and his team of artists paint his body in a chameleon-like fashion, allowing him to blend into various backgrounds and becoming seemingly invisible.
In an interview with Crane TV, Liu explains how he first got the idea of becoming invisible when the government took away his creative space.
“I began shooting this series in November of 2005. I was working in the artist village Suo Jin Cun. I had a studio there torn down by the government. At the time I wanted to protest. … It was like being hit and hitting back. [So] I made myself disappear.”
Liu’s work has him blending into Chinese monuments like the Temple of Heaven or the Great Wall, to everyday scenes like a grocery store, or hidden within the nation’s city streets.
Most of the series’ photos take place in China; he is often pictured in front of scenes of different stages of China's development, profoundly remarking on the changes he is seeing.
“More are focused on China and concerns that arise from its development,” Liu said in the interview.
After seeing success with his work in China, Liu has taken his chameleon skills internationally. He can be seen (or not seen) in London, Venice and New York.
“You’re not constantly allowing your surroundings to swallow you up. In history we’re just a dot. How did you make your mark?”
Below is a video of how one of his photos comes together:
The rest of Liu's work can be viewed here.