A few days ago, Gene Levine sent over one of the newest 3D creations that he has been working on. If you stare at this image like you would a normal hidden image stereogram, the spheres will fuse together and appear to be three-dimensional and hovering over the cubical background.
Today’s optical illusion is another wonderful painting from Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo. His surreal and metamorphic paintings often can be interpreted in multiple ways. What do you see first when you look at the image below? Do you see some flowers and a butterfly or the face of a beautiful woman? I always see the woman first. Does that say something about my view of the world?
When Jim Warren was in high school, he began painting and selling artwork. Since that time, he has become a “Living Legend of the Art World”. In 1981, he painted the cover of the Grammy Award winning cover for Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind”. Regarding this limited edition print titled “After the Storm”, Jim Warren had the following to say:
I was never one to simply paint a mountain scene as it is, although I have occasionally, I generally prefer to put a little twist to it such as the roaring thundering snow of an avalanche becoming a herd of roaring thundering horses.
The transformation of the avalanche becoming a herd of horses is an effect that Jim Warren frequently incorporates into his fine art paintings.
Michael Murphy is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA and sculpture training from Kent State University and a MFA from the Art and Technology Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. One of his latest anamorphic installations titled Perpetual Shift consists of 1,252 wood balls, paint, and braided fibers. The video shows how it looks from the preferred viewing angle and then moves to the left to reveal how the sculpture is actually constructed thereby revealing the illusion.
I was first shown this illusion by Gianni Sarcone. I believe he told me that one of his website visitors emailed these photographs to him after they discovered this unintentional optical illusion. If you look at the four images, it appears that the boots are somehow hovering over the table. This is especially true in the two images on the left and to a lesser extent the one in the lower right hand corner. Why does it look like these boots are hovering? Well, simply because there is a shadow underneath them. The shadow is caused not by the boots but rather the head of the photographer (who was likely going to list these for sale on eBay or Craigslist), but our brain associates the shadow with the boots and therefore assumes that they must be hovering.
To see another really good example of a shadow creating this effect, have a look at the floating boat illusion.
Some people say that a photograph is worth a thousand words. I think that today’s photograph is worth quite more than that. This photograph was taken by wildlife photographer Michael S. Nolan at the Austfonna ice cap located on Nordaustlandet in Svalbard, Norway. Despite what you might think, the photograph has not been edited or retouched in any way. This is exactly how this ice cap looked when Michael snapped the photograph in 2009. He had the following to say about this image:
When I took the image early in the morning on July 16, 2009 from the bow of the National Geographic Explorer I was struck by the unmistakable likeness of the face of a woman crying. In fact once my mind locked onto the face it was hard to see any other pattern in the ice cap. I was moved to photograph this particular waterfall several different ways with a couple of different lenses. It was one of the best examples of a human likeness I have ever witnessed in nature.
Is this actually Mother Nature crying about things that would concern her, such as climate change… or is this just a photograph that causes our brains to assign human-like attributes to it?