Expecting Winter by Erik Johansson

Ambiguous 12 January 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Swedish surreal photographer Erik Johansson created this photo-manipulation that depicts a scene where seasons meet.  The woman in the foreground is using a giant needle to sew white sheets together.  Behind her, the sheets that she has already sewn appear to be snow-covered ground.

Regarding Erik Johansson’s creative process, he notes that:

It always starts with a sketch, a simple idea. Not many ideas get realized, but if I think it’s good enough I decide try to make it happen.

(via Erik Johansson)

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Torii Illusion (Hering and Zöllner)

Estimation 5 January 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Happy New Year everyone!

Proferssor Dejan Todorović of the University of Belgrade created this optical illusion that highlights the effects of two different illusions known as the Hering illusion and the Zöllner illusion.  The blurred orange lines (representing a Torii, a traditional Japanese gate located in front of a shrine) are identical in all three images.  Notice how the background lines in the second image make the orange horizontal line appear to bow downward as the vertical lines seem to tilt inward.  By changing the orientation of the background pattern (see third image at the bottom), the orange lines appear to bow and tilt in the opposite direction.

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Art Hacker by Liu Bolin

Composite 22 December 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

World-renowned Chinese artist Liu Bolin has created a new work for a solo exhibition called Art Hacker.  One of the works from this series included re-creating da Vinci’s classical masterpiece, the Mona Lisa.  Instead of using paints on a traditional medium, Bolin uses scores of human bodies as his canvas.  A press release promoting this exhibition notes the following about Bolin’s re-imagined Mona Lisa.

Provocatively challenging the viewer to question what is above and beneath the surface, the work intends to reflect upon the complex relationship between the past and the present, the reality and the illusion, as well as individuality and history.

The following close-up helps to show how the human subjects were painted to re-create this classic painting.

(via Klein Sun Gallery)

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A Body Under the Ice?

Natural 19 December 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

An ice fisherman named Blake Foster took this photo on Lake Absarraca in Cheyenne, Wyoming on December 10.  At the time, he thought that there could perhaps be a body frozen under the ice.  While it does look pretty creepy, Cheyenne police investigated and have determined that it is nothing more than an “optical illusion created by the ice”.

Officer Kevin Malatesta details the investigation as follows:

Our officers responded along with the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department.  They walked out there with the fisherman onto the ice to check and they were unable to find anything resembling a human body or human remains.

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Hovering #s by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 14 December 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Take a look at this image for a while and you will notice something very unique about it.  The blue # symbols will appear to be unstable as they slightly float and move over the black and white background.

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To see more examples of images that appear to be unstable over their background, be sure to check out Watermelon by Akiyoshi Kitaoka and the Moving Pink Square by Daniel PICON.

(via Gianni Sarcone)

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Turkey Hand Painting by Guido Daniele

Trompe L'oeil 24 November 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I hope everyone is having a terrific Thanksgiving.  Today’s optical illusion is an homage to the bird that many of you will be feasting on today (and likely for several more days to come in the form of left-overs).  This hand painting by Guido Daniele features a turkey.  The painting is part of his series that he calls Handimals which has received a considerable amount of international interest.

Turkey Hand Painting by Guido Daniele

(via Guido Daniele)

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Jack-o-Lantern Sun Photograph

Natural 10 November 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This image was captured on October 8, 2014 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).  The SDO obverses the sun at all times as it orbits in space and captured this haunting photograph of the sun.  The sun flares at this specific time came together to cause the sun to resemble some sort of face.  And since it is orange and circular, the “face” looks like a glowing jack-o-lantern.

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This is not the first natural illusion captured by satellite cameras from space.  If you’d like to check out a couple of others, be sure to revisit the Indian in the Mountain and the Elephant on Mars.

(via NASA)

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