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Stoetter's images have created a sensation online: still lifes, but only
"still" as long as his model doesn't move.
art as camouflage, in which models are painted to blend into their background,
or to impersonate nature.
CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan
Credit: Courtesy Johannes Stoetter
images have gone viral online, in a global game of "Spot the Human."
A detail from "The Parrot."
told CBS News' Elizabeth Palmer that he was attracted to the art of body
painting as soon as he conducted his first experiment:
felt this was my way to do art. It was much more intense than just painting on
canvas, probably because the object is alive."
Johannes Stoetter made his name in the psychedelic world of competitive body-painting.
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He told Palmer that when he works on a
model he falls into something like a trance: "It's a different state for
me when I paint."
Sara, one of
Stoetter's models, is facing a full-body session that will last most of the day,
with Stoetter darting back and forth in ferocious concentration.
Self-taught, Stoetter won the world bodypainting championship in 2012.
Stoetter is from Sterzing, a
picture postcard town high in the Italian Alps, surrounded by a forested
wilderness where he loves to hike.
"Nature was always a strong thing
for me," he told Palmer. "I spent part of my childhood in nature, my
early childhood especially. I think that inspired me very deeply."
Hidden on a stony beach.
Judging books by their painted covers.
The chameleon at left turns out to be
two models -- sisters, one on top of the other, on a bench with a painted
Now, complete strangers ask Stoetter
if they can model for him. But in the past he's used friends and family, including
his father (left), brothers and sister.
Wood you be able to find the hidden model?
A hidden message within this Berlin Wall mural.
A musical interlude intrudes.
Produce helped produce this living art.
A good head for art.
A delicate balance.
"I want to create special
artworks that make people surprised, or that make people happy -- that [is] my
main purpose," said Stoetter.
"I think to bring positive feelings into
the world as much as possible is a very good thing."
CBS News' Elizabeth Palmer, disguised as a bunch of bananas by artist Johannes Stoetter.
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WorldBodypainting Festival, Poertschach, Australia (July 3-5)