16 mind-bending photos of 'Human Chameleon' Liu Bolin

Chinese artist Liu Bolin has an amazing talent. He can blend into any surroundings he chooses, making himself, or his subjects, practically undetectable to the human eye.

Bolin, known to many as the “Human Chameleon”, decorates the body and clothes with colour, painting himself and his subjects into the surroundings, making them almost imperceptible at first glance. He sees his work as a type of political protest, and a way of hiding from the authorities.

In a recent work titled “Dongji (Winter Solstice)”, Bolin took a political stance on the environment, commenting on the air pollution crisis happening in China.

His work has been exhibited all over the world and can be seen in his book “Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man.”

Bolin has shared his recent works with us, courtesy of Liu Bolin Art Studio and Klein Sun Gallery.

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The process can take up to 10 hours at a time.

Here's Bolin blending in at the 7 July Memorial in London's Hyde Park.

Some of his pieces are more intricate. Here, he stands in front of the Hollywood sign in California.

In Colombia, Bolin poses in front of some graffiti.

Graffiti and street art play an important role in Bolin's work. Here he is in front of Queens' famous graffiti mecca, 5 Pointz, which has unfortunately since been knocked down.

He matches up with this massive Jackson Pollock painting perfectly.

Bolin, seen or not seen in a London metro station, spends countless hours preparing for his images.

Sometimes they appear to be slightly easier to pull off.

Others, like this shot in front of an Italian magazine rack, are mind-blowing.

Blink and you'll miss him.

Much of his work carries a personal or political message.

Bolin is interested in the relationship between objects and the people who use them. For this shot, taken in the Colombia Gold Museum, Bolin 'wanted to express my idea through the currency, to reflect the relationship between money and people,' he told Reuters.

Here, Bolin blends into the vegetable section of a supermarket in Beijing.

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The process becomes even more taxing when multiple people are in the shot.

The work is challenging, but the payoff is worth it.

Bolin gave a TED talk in California in 2013, blending in even when he was on stage.

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