Arboreal Office by Rob Gonsalves

Ambiguous 12 January 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This painting by Rob Gonsalves, completed in October 2014, features a dramatic transformation.  Looking at the painting from the bottom, a man is standing in a wooded area by a campfire, but as he looks up into the clear night sky, the trees morph into skyscrapers.

RGonsalves_Arborial_Office

(via Huckleberry Fine Art)

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How Many Arrows?

Ambiguous 8 January 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Take a close look at the black and white pattern created by Gianni Sarcone below.  How many arrows can you find?

Count The Arrows

For more optical illusions involving arrows, have a look at the Moving Arrows Illusion and Orange and Red Squares.

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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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