La Demoiselle d’Instagram

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 21, 2022

Using an app called Prequel, Savannah Cordova ran a portrait of herself through the app’s Cartoon filter several times, which smoothes out facial features and increases the level of abstraction. The first pass turned her into a Disney/Pixar-esque character:

two photos of a woman, one unfiltered and one run through a 'cartoon' filter

But after 10 rounds of filter reapplication, Cordova’s portrait is in solid Picasso territory:

two images of a woman that have been run through a 'cartoon' filter several times

See also more feedback loops in audio (I Am Sitting in a Room) and video (I Am Sitting in a Room (with a video camera) and Dueling Carls).