Algorithmic squares

27 September 2009. Published by Benoît Labourdette.
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The algorithms, which are supposed to square our gaze, open us up to the unsuspected poetry of the world.

Series of 27 photos, treated with the “seam carving” technique, which reveals a disturbing strangeness.

The seam carving or intelligent cropping, is an image resizing algorithm developed by Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir. This algorithm resizes, not by conventional scaling or cropping, but by removing so-called minor pixel paths (seams).

The importance of a pixel is usually measured by its contrast compared to its closest neighbours, but other techniques, such as shape detection, can be used. In addition, it is possible to define, or automatically detect, areas of great importance, and thus protect them from deletion. Conversely, you can define areas that can be removed first. From this information, the algorithm detects lower energy paths, and removes them.

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