Trina Merry, a New York body-painting artist, has created these surreal images by painting nearly nude models to seamlessly blend into the backgrounds of New York City landmarks, including Coney Island, The Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park.
The California native, with a B.A. in film, worked in art departments in Hollywood on films and television before finding her current medium of body-painting.
“Body-paint creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience,” Trina says on her website.
In a recent interview with the New York Post, Trina explains her inspiration for her New York Camo Series:
“There’s a dichotomy of women who seem to be trying to blend in in New York. I’m challenging why they do that and why this city has to be so aggressive.”
Trina worked on her New York Camo Series this spring, with each image taking over eight hours to create from start to finish. Additional images in the series include St. Marks Place and the Hamptons, which you can check out on Trina’s Facebook page or website.
Bodypaint and Photography: Trina Merry
Model: Nahyoung Park