Someone recently threw out a challenge to identify the artist of a particular painting /photograph which was hanging on the wall in the movie Iron Man 2. What she provided was this image:
- ‘unknown’ art from Iron Man 2
This appears to be two frames from the movie? I can’t recall seeing it in the movie, but ultimately it didn’t matter, since I wasn’t going to go down that path. (I assume she already tried that avenue, googling ‘iron man 2 office art’ or something similar).
With machine learning on the brain, I realized this was clearly a machine learning problem. Thankfully, I remembered I had already found an existing tool to do just this — take an input image and find other images which are the same. Here is where I first talked about TinEye
All I did was pop the image into photoshop and chop off the right side, since I expected to match to a head-on image of the art and not a combined graphic. That being done, I uploaded the graphic to TinEye and viola it returned:
From this website, it appears it is a 1997 photograph of Tonnay, France’s Esser River by German photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg
. It looks like the photo was in Lichfield Studios in Notting Hill.
I spent a second trying to validate the information, but the artist’s site doesn’t have all her works posted.
Still, I think there is fairly high likelihood that I have found the artist.
WAY TO GO MACHINE LEARNING!
(BTW, it took me way longer to write the blog post than to do the search.. )