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Fashion studies?

2004-01-29 04:20:20.200664+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

A correspondent and Flutterby reader who wishes to remain anonymous has sent me email asking if I know anything about a series of pictures like this one. Each picture is a series of 7 images of the same woman, one fully clothed from the front, then four shots unclothed, front, left side, back, right side, and two closer of the back and front. In some the hair drape has changed slightly. between the clothed and nude shots. The closer shots appear to be different than the front and back of the full body shots. Each woman is wearing a different outfit, clothing looks to be all '90s or contemporary, these are relatively recent figure studies.

I'm fascinated because these look like a derivative of some sort of body shape or fit study, and I'd love to get my hands on the raw data. But I'd also just love to know context. I believe said correspondent got them from a Usenet[Wiki] binaries group, but I don't know anything about header information or any way to track data backwards from that.

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#Comment Re: Fashion studies? made: 2004-01-29 10:54:13.45782+00 by: meuon [edit history]

She's 'real world', but I was suprised by the 'gang sign' of the left pants cuff up. So the MTV Video's show all the 'happening' people that way now.. I'm still suprised if it's a fashion/fit study. Also her hair draped over her shoulders does not make sense, except that the last shot has it like the clothed one.

If Google ever comes out with 'an image like: [upload image here]' search it'll rock the world.

#Comment Re: Fashion studies? made: 2004-01-30 00:55:45.025663+00 by: baylink

I predict they're new Japanese "reality" porn.

Has no one noticed the mosaiced pubes?

#Comment Re: Fashion studies? made: 2004-01-30 03:31:38.957291+00 by: ccoryell

I remember finding a site w/ about 50 of these a couple of years ago, but sadly have no idea where... now I am curious to see the set again...

#Comment Re: Fashion studies? made: 2004-01-30 05:38:23.808995+00 by: tinsel

A vague memory of something similar, a few minutes with google and archive.org, and so on, turns up


which probably wasn't the original source, and




which seem to be the same batch of images. But, no context.

#Comment Re: Fashion studies? made: 2004-01-30 06:15:04.044231+00 by: Diane Reese [edit history]

Great find, tinsel! Went a little further and found the source:

www.fineart.sk/index.php?cat=2 "Female Anatomy Photos" by Akira Gomi (85 7-part photos total)

(The site calls itself "Human Anatomy Pictures for Artists Online". Disappointing that they're all young, very slim women. Where are the older women? Those who are not so thin? Methinks they're not completely honest in their advertising, y'think?)

#Comment Re: Fashion studies? made: 2004-01-30 13:14:00.065794+00 by: meuon

Interesting stuff.. And if you dig around, You'll find things like: http://www.3d.sk/overweight/page_01.htm - Overweight male.. and it looks like if you join, your get access to more content and high res imagery.

#Comment Re: Fashion studies? made: 2004-01-30 16:43:21.223093+00 by: Dan Lyke

Meuon, it wouldn't be that hard to implement a "find me images like", at least not in the context of searches like this one. Reduce all the images to an 8x8 image with some quantization, you could treat it like a 196 dimensional space, but I'll be that it'd just work as a reasonable hash code with moderate collisions, and you could rank within that collision space by comparing image size ratios.

Scaling that to an architecture that would deal with a few million queries a day might be a little challenging, but I think the real question is if there are enough searches of this type to justify the costs of hardware backing it up.

If I had access to a full-on newsfeed on a local network and a half a terabyte of disk store somewhere I might try doing that with one of the alt.binaries.pictures.* groups. Hmmm... wonder if the various porn providers would be interested in a "see who's ripping off your images" service?

#Comment Re: Fashion studies? made: 2004-01-30 16:57:31.895319+00 by: Diane Reese

There are, in fact, some previous attempts at searches similar to "find me images like". One such project developed by folks I work with was called QBIC (Query By Image Content). It had some notable successes with cataloguing and searching art at the Hermitage Musueum and the Vatican, but it didn't take off for some reason. A related project called CueVideo used some of the same techniques to allow you to search digital video for sections based on image content. Neither project is currently active, to my knowledge.