Today’s topsy-turvy optical illusion is from a series by Thomas Woodruff called ‘The Court’. On the artist’s website, the following is noted about this series of works:
This project started with a simple idea: to see if the traditional visual parlor trick of the “upside-down head” could be taken to new pictorial heights while conveying emotional depth. The impetus for these works began when a close friend of the artist’s was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease. The friend turned to puzzles to try to keep his mind sharp, and Woodruff began to create his own puzzles where a character can turn into another by a simple flip.
Here is how the head rendered in pastel looks when viewed one way:
By turning the image upside down, a completely different face is revealed.
(via Thomas Woodruff)
Happy New Year everyone! It is difficult to believe that it is already 2015. I thought we would kick off the new year with something light and a little humorous. The person who took this photograph likely did not know exactly what they had captured until they took a look at the picture later. It looks like the dog on the right is shooting fire from its mouth directly into the fire pit in the foreground.
To see more perfectly-timed photographs that would be difficult to replicate, take a look at the Strange Looking Kid Optical Illusion and the Strange Legs Optical Illusion. Sometimes the best photographs are the ones that you never planned in the first place.
Using the same type of style employed by British artist Patrick Hughes, Brusspup created this mind-boggling video featuring a poster dedicated to the game Minecraft (a game about breaking and placing blocks). As you move to the left and right it looks like the elements of the poster are moving and following you in some strange way. As the camera moves extremely to the right, however, it becomes clear what is going on here and the mystery behind the construction of this unique poster is revealed.
To all of those who celebrate Christmas today… Merry Christmas! Today’s image is a stereogram from Gene Levine. While you can probably already figure out what it says, stare directly at it and the hidden three-dimensional message will emerge from the pattern and reveal itself. If you have trouble seeing this stereogram, you can always review these simple stereogram viewing tips. Most people are fully capable of viewing stereograms, even those who say, “I can never see these things…”
If you are still in the holiday spirit and want to see more Christmas-themed optical illusions, be sure to revisit the Scary Santa Optical Illusion and the Christmas Tree Optical Illusion.
(via eyeTricks 3D Stereograms)
Mathematical vision scientists Hitoshi Arai and Shinobu Arai created this unique wreath image in 2011. If you focus your eyes on the red dot in the center of the wreath and move your head toward your monitor and then away from it repeatedly, you will notice that outer portion of the wreath appears to move to the left and right.
This illusion is a derivative of the Pinna Illusion previously discovered by Dr. Baingio Pinna.
Scott Kim created this ambigram specifically for the epilogue that he contributed to the book The Art of Deception: Illusions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind. When viewed this way, the word ‘art’ can be seen in middle of the image in all lower case letters but the rest of the words are upside down.
When the image is rotated 180 degrees, it completes a quote from Spanish artist Pablo Picasso by reading “is a lie that makes us realize the truth”. The word ‘lie’ is made from the same lettering that spells ‘art’ in the image above.
To view more creative use of words and lettering, be sure to revisit the previous post featuring several Inversions by Scott Kim.
(via Scott Kim)
This anamorphic three-dimensional object was commissioned in February 2014 and was painted with a spray can in a flat in Berlin, Germany. When viewed from the angle that this photograph was taken at, it looks like a rectangular column hovering in the corner of the room.
By moving several feet to the right, you can see exactly how Blue Berlin was applied across several walls to create this unique effect.
This installation is similar to the Green Sqwear painting by Alexis Facca and the Eureka Car Park optical illusion.
(via Fanette G)