bearded man sits on a bus, knitting needles in hand. He’s wearing a red polka-dot sweater, though you’d be forgiven for taking a second to “see” it. The jumper is the same color, motif and texture as the seat he occupies.”It’s what I call ‘knitted camouflage,'” said photographer Joseph Ford, behind the new book, “Invisible Jumpers.””His clothes are real but they blend seamlessly with the scene. You need a double take to figure it out,” Ford said in a phone interview.
A model wears a red sweater to match bus seats. Credit: Joseph Ford“Invisible Jumpers” is the result of a four-year project that saw the Brighton-based photographer dressing people, animals and even fruit in painstakingly detailed knitwear, each reflecting the colors and backgrounds of the places they’re in.Banksy’s chimp-filled Parliament up for sale amid Brexit chaosThere’s a man wearing a checkered cardigan that matches a tiled wall behind him. A small dog bundled up in a green patterned cover that imitates a bush he’s sniffing. A young girl on a swing in a pretty dress the same pink palette of the cherry blossoms around her. A banana “pretending” to be a watermelon.For each photo, Ford worked with Nina Dodd, a professional knitter, also from Brighton, who spent hours — anywhere between four to nearly 100 — crafting sweaters to match his vision and the physical fabric of the different venues.