Any object can be seen as something else given the right perspective. In this instance a simple seashell held up to a light gives the illusion of lava.


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I’m a South African based graphic designer and artist who likes to capture visual misperceptions of everyday objects appearing as something completely different. The image render, shape and the illusion are the priority, the actual content and subject are there to only achieve the final result, not to be shown in and of themselves.

I produced these photographs over an evening after seeing how a seashell’s surface easily changed and reflected different colours in bright light. After holding it up to a spot light I realised just how easy it could be to make it appear as lave due to the semi translucent shell and the worn textures and patterns over it’s surface.

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Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis

Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis

Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis

Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis

Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis

Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis

Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis

Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis

Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis

Image by: RichardGeorgeDavis