Turning Head by Thomas Woodruff

Upside Down 5 January 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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:

Thomas Woodruff - The Court - #1

By turning the image upside down, a completely different face is revealed.

Thomas Woodruff - The Court - #2

(via Thomas Woodruff)

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Fire Breathing Dog Optical Illusion

Forced Perspective 1 January 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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.

Fire Breathing Dog Optical Illusion

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.

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Brusspup’s Minecraft Poster Illusion

Forced Perspective, Video 29 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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.

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Merry Christmas Stereogram by Gene Levine

Stereo 25 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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…”

Merry Christmas Stereogram by Gene Levine

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)

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Moving Wreath Optical Illusion

Motion 22 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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.

Moving Wreath Optical Illusion

This illusion is a derivative of the Pinna Illusion previously discovered by Dr. Baingio Pinna.

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Art Ambigram by Scott Kim

Ambigrams 18 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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.

Art is a... by Scott Kim

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.

Art is a... by Scott Kim (Inverted)

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)

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Blue Berlin by Fanette G

Anamorphosis 15 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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.

Blue Berlin by Fanette G

By moving several feet to the right, you can see exactly how Blue Berlin was applied across several walls to create this unique effect.

Blue Berlin #2 by Fanette G

This installation is similar to the Green Sqwear painting by Alexis Facca and the Eureka Car Park optical illusion.

(via Fanette G)

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