What a beautiful parrot, no? Look at all those colors, those beautiful feathers, that elegant tail (bear with me, I am no a parrot aficionado, I am just trying to get you into the mood. Here have some birdseed). And then, after you have admired it, look closer, closer (not that close!—Aladdin joke!), stare at the picture until you realize that this isn't a parrot at all: it's a woman meticulously made up to look like a bird.
The above photo is the work of artist and former body paining champion Johannes Stoetter who spent four weeks planning this shoot, five hours setting it up, four hours painting the model, and another hour trying to find the pose that most resembled that of a real parrot. The result is beautiful and almost infuriating in its execution. If you didn't know that this was a work of art you might just dismiss it as really nice photograph of a beautiful bird. And according to Stoetter that's exactly what has already happened.
Stoetter told The Daily Mail:
I feel very happy with the final work. Most people's reaction are "nice photo of a parrot, where did you photograph it?"
Even some of my closest friends who know me and my art didn't notice that it is not a real parrot.
'When they found out, they were really amazed, stunned and surprised.
This is not Stoetter's first large-scale make-up creation. Last year he used five people to make a beautiful life-like frog for a video project.
More photos of the stunning parrot transformation can be seen at The Daily Mail.
Image via Imgur.