Invisible Jumpers: A Photo Book Of Knitted Sweaters Seamlessly Matching The Surrounding Environment

Photographer Joseph Ford (previously) and artist Nina Dodd worked on a 1,000-hour knitting project in which various mediums were flawlessly matched with yarn creations. Ford has posted many of these photos on Instagram and many more are captured in Ford and Dodd’s full color pictorial book Invisible Jumpers published by Hoxton Mini Press.

“The intricate jumpers in this book – worn by humans, dogs and bananas alike – blend seamlessly into their surroundings thanks to more than 1,000 hours of knitting and endless hours lining up the camera for the perfect shot.”

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Stanmer Park, 2019. This was one of those ideas that seem great to start with and then take over your life. A year before shooting it I saw a cherry tree in blossom and thought ‘That would make a great knitting picture’. Every time I’ve asked @ninadoddknits to knit anything approaching camouflage she’s groaned – the random patterns make it very complicated to knit. She almost refused this concept but we settled on a child’s sleeveless dress to minimise the amount of needle time required. Even so it almost finished her off. At one point she had 24 balls of yarn on the go. Once her work was finished I waited anxiously for the cherries to start blooming. I’d found what seemed to be the perfect tree, with a backdrop of other trees, but while all the other local cherries were overloaded with blossom, these ones were bare. I visited them every 3 or 4 days for a month and finally, as I was about to go on holiday, they started flowering. It was a lovely shoot, ably assisted by my model’s siblings and friends, all jealous of the dress and desperate for a go on the swing I’d put up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #invisiblejumpers #knittedcamouflage #cherryblossom #spring #child #swing #tree #pink #blossom #hanami #sakura #childhood #carefree #brighton #stanmerpark #nature

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I met @seth_globepainter when we were both artists in residence last summer at @mausa.vauban . I loved his work and suggested collaborating together to do a knitted camouflage picture with @ninadoddknits He had painted a series of murals around the Marché des Batignolles in the 17th in Paris, all based on children’s books. It was tough to choose which one to photograph, the whole series is inspiring, but in the end this one seemed the most playful. Hope you all recognise the story? Seth also posed in front of another one of his murals, based on Les Contes du Chat Perché by Marcel Aymé. The sweater was knitted specifically for the first picture so doesn’t blend as well but I love the mural. A big thank you to @stanislas.belhomme.mausa and @clementine.lemaitre who invited me to exhibit at MAUSA Vauban and introduced me to Seth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #sethglobepainter #graffiti #streetart #paris #knittedcamouflage #knitting #artist #collaboration #paris #marchedesbatignolles #batignolles #paris17 #aliceinwonderland #aliceaupaysdesmerveilles #JosephFord #NinaDodd #Seth #books #purple #portrait #knittersofinstagram #blendin #mural

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For the latest shot in the series, @ninadoddknits modelled the knitwear herself. When I scouted out the location I was thrown out by security guards very quickly – a bloke with a medium format digital back was obviously a big threat to public safety in this particular shopping centre. When Nina had finished her knitting magic, we went back and took the pictures as surreptitiously as you can when wielding a large camera. Managed to get the photos done pretty quickly, and beat a hasty retreat when we saw security converging on us. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #escalator #legwarmers #80s #silver #lines #camouflage #knittedcamouflage #knitting #knittersofinstagram #shoppingcentre #blendingin #legs #stairs #nofilter

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Here’s the latest knitting picture. This time we decided to up the ante and photograph animals, as if matching knitting to real life wasn’t already complicated enough. Nina did a rather intricate cable knit pattern this time. The original plan was for me to film Buddy the rat running across the carpet in front of the waiting cat. However Buddy didn’t want to play ball. He was quite happy putting on his knitted coat but as soon as we put him down on the rug, the friction between the wool and the carpet meant that he simply walked out of the sweater and scampered away. The second time we tried this he turned and gave me a quick glance before running off. Bingo. In the end we gave him a mini Babybel and he sat there happily munching away while we filmed him. Just to reassure anyone who’s worried about how this scene played out with the rat and cat, we photographed them separately. The cat could obviously smell that there had been a rat and kept looking around suspiciously which worked perfectly for the picture. Thanks as ever to @ninadoddknits @noodle_bear91 Stef for the loan of your house and cats and of course to Buddy the rat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knittedcamouflage #rat #ratsofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #josephford #ninadodd #hideandseek #rodents #blendingin #pink #babybel #saycheese #cableknit #animals #cuteanimals #hunting

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I spotted this location in Brighton a while back. I loved the rich palette of greens and blues, the dilapidated door and the ragged grey mop against the wall. It seemed the perfect place to photograph Fimber Bravo, the renowned steel pan player. I’d come across his captivating music a few years ago and wanted to work with him for a while. Nina, knitter extraordinaire, loves a challenge and spent weeks working on this jumper. Time well spent. Thanks to #fimberbravo for modelling, @dukeofwoollington as always, @infinityfoodsbrighton for allowing us to take over your loading bay and @lilli.bpayne for your help on the shoot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #fimberbravo #knittedcamouflage #infinityfoods #brighton #brightonlife #knittersofinstagram #camouflage #musician #portrait #steelpan #dreadlocks #leaves #green #chateauoart

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I found this location on a walk along the South Downs near Beachy Head in the UK this summer, and thought it would be a perfect place for a portrait. Fast forward through a few weeks of intensive knitting by Nina Dodd, and I was looking for the right person to photograph here. I spotted Lo in the street in Brighton. She had just finished her degree and was moving back to Brazil that week. I’d originally thought of this as a sunny picture, but the time pressure meant that I had to shoot it on a dull day. In the end I prefer it this way with the soft dusk light. Al Jazeera were making a feature about the Knitted Camouflage project and spent a couple of windy hours on the cliff-top, filming us as we shot. Thanks to @dukeofwoollington Andras and of course Lo, for agreeing to pose for a stranger who ran after you in the street. . . . . . . . . . . . #knittedcamouflage #beachyhead #cinemagraph #gif #portrait #windyday #cliff #southdowns #knitting #knittersofinstagram #josephford #ninadodd @taffetas_photographers @cosmopola_berlin @franziskaholzer @insta_rendaa @cyrilbettane @ic.tv #chateauoart

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