This is essentially an anamorphic illusion from Victoria Skye and was a finalist at the 2014 Best Illusion of the Year Contest. The photograph in the center marked ‘Original Photo’ is a normal, unaltered photograph of a young boy. The photograph is then tilted forward (far left) and backward (far right) to present slightly different viewing angles. The result is that the three images line up together to show what looks like an “age progression” for this particular boy. He ends up looking younger in the photograph on the left and older in the photograph on the right.
David Macdonald, the creator of this impossibly perplexing scene, had the following to say about this work:
The pathways in this building are in fact a single horizontal plane. There are no less than twenty two false links which treat this single plane as different levels …… stairs and ladders which simply serve to join the same level to itself.
See if you can spot them all.
More works from David Macdonald can be found at The Terrace and The Other Side of the Mirror.
(via David Macdonald)
As you move your eyes around this image, the purple and yellow grapes appear to rotate around in circles. Be careful with this one, you might start to get a little bit dizzy if you look at it for too long!
To see more rotating circles, take a look back at the motion illusion in star arrangement.
(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)
This interesting illustration, inspired by the art of Thomas Barbèy, shows a zebra that appears to be melting into what looks like a bar code. To create this piece, Nevit Dilmen started with an actual photograph of a zebra taken at Copehagen Zoo. He then digitized it and manipulated the stripes to come up with the final product.
(via Nevit Dilmen)
It probably goes without saying that we love logos that feature optical illusions or other hidden objects. The logo presented below is for the Kölner Zoo in Germany. It features a green elephant with a star for an eye. Closer examination of the logo, however, reveals a few hidden objects. Do you see them?
In the negative space below the elephant, you can find a hidden giraffe and a rhinoceros. In addition, the space between the elephant’s back legs is shaped like the twin spires of the nearby Cologne Cathedral.
In this new painting from Canadian magic realism painter Rob Gonsalves titled Beyond the Reef, two different worlds morph seamlessly into one another. On the right side of the painting, a male and female can be seen snorkeling underwater and your viewpoint is from below. The female can be seen swimming near the surface while the male is diving a bit deeper into the water. As you move from right to left, however, the scene changes dramatically at one point. By the time you get to the far left, in fact, you are no longer even underwater. The viewpoint has changed and you are looking down at a beach – presumably the same beach where the the two on the right are snorkeling.
To order a copy of this print, or any other artwork by Rob Gonsalves, please contact Huckleberry Fine Art.
In this new video from Youtube sensation Brusspup, a group of eight balls can be seen rotating around in a circle. If you focus on one individual ball at a time, however, you will notice that they are not rotating in a circle pattern at all. Rather, each ball is moving in a straight line. According to Brusspup:
This is just another example of looking deeper into something so simple and discovering a hidden pattern.
To see a similar optical illusion from Brusspup, be sure to revisit the Moving Square Illusion.