An NYC Body Painter Is So Good At Her Job She Makes Her Models Disappear

Zohaib Ahmed
You'll have to focus in order to find the model hidden in these images.

What good is an art form that cannot be seen? Ask this question of famous body painter Trina Merry whose latest photo series has everything from models, colors and famous sites but very poor visibility – and she’ll tell you it's on purpose.

Merry, in her "New York Camouflage Series", has applied body paint on her models and snapped their pictures in such a way that they blend with their environment. The camouflage effect she creates with her highly intricate paintings is so real that you'd miss the model in her pictures, if not careful.

Merry found mainstream success in 2012 through her human motorbike body painting series.

She got this new camouflaging idea when she came to New York a few months ago. About it, she told SFGate: "I wanted to engage the city and understand it and make some observations. So instead of a person right in front of the Empire State building or the Statue of Liberty, they’re softly in the background, and you’ve got more of a reflective view of the person within the landscape."

To view more of Trina Merry's work, please visit her website or her Facebook page.