There is now a Twitter account called @FacesPics dedicated to just that – pictures of random stuff that looks like it has a face. Seeing faces in random objects is called pareidolia, a term for giving random or unrelated stimuli (mostly vision or sound) meaning. Many theorize that pareidolia is a hard-wired mental feature that has helped us quickly recognize and identify human faces and make sense of the world around us. Judging by these pics, all it really takes is two eyes and a mouth to make a face.
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Singaporean artist Keng Lye has combined beauty and illusion in a masterful way in this amazing work depicting a small octopus in a bowl. The photos look incredibly life-like, as if it’s a real, squirming, writhing octopus. Keng Lye achieves this beautiful effect by painting delicate paintings onto layer upon layer of crystal-clear resin. As the layers, and the painting, grow, the octopus gains depth and appears to be partially submerged.
Honda has created an amazing and mind-bending advertisement for their CR-V using anamorphic optical illusions and forced perspective. Taking a page from the Rayban sunglasses ad, they create a series of optical illusions involving their vehicle that will make you double-take and question what you’re seeing. By forcing your mind to accept a certain perspective, they are able to create seemingly impossible situations – without the use of CGI!
Artist Uses Perspective, Miniature Car Models And A $250 Camera To Create Realistic Historical PhotosBy Dovilas • Oct 17th, 2013 • Category: Art, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions, Photography
Michael Paul Smith is the perfect example of an artist with a passion for what he does. For the last 25 years, he has spent some of his spare and much of his professional time making miniature models and photographing them, creating a gallery of vintage car photographs from a fictional 1950s American town called Elgin Park.
This trippy video from ScienceForum has been tested and approved by Bored Panda staff as a way to experience mild hallucinogenic effects. If you watch the video and follow the instructions, you should experience visual waves and distortions for anywhere from 1-5 minutes. The repetitive patterns in the video create recurring psychological stimulation that continues after the video has stopped.
What looks like a weirdly crooked panda sniffing the ground, is actually… a leg of a giant anteater! Look closer, and you’ll see its thin snout, tiny eye and one ear right above an astonishing panda-like leg. The illusion is caused by the colors of the anteater’s fur, as its black and white coat forms what looks like panda’s eyes, ears and a nose.
It may be hard to believe, but the frog you’re about to see is not a frog at all! Inspired by nature, recognized body painter Johannes Stoetter turns living models into animals, fruits, flowers or blends them with the surroundings. These impressively detailed paintings take up to five months of thorough planning and up to eight hours of work to complete.
You may think you’re looking at a bizarre painting, but look closer, and you’ll realize that it’s actually an anamorphic 3D sculpture. The massive portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté is the latest work of French artist Bernard Pras. It was created entirely out of recycled materials such as clothes and rags, wood, glass lanterns, dishes, rubber and other trash Bernard would gather from the installation site.
We already wrote about Brusspup and his crazy anamorphic illusions – and now he’s back with new tricks! This time he attempts to bend water using an audio speaker set to produce a 24hz sine waves. His first video, testing the principle, made it look as the water was going upwards, but now Brusspup has taken it up a notch and actually makes the water flow in shapes and patterns!
Swedish makeup enthusiast Sandra Holmbom admits that her latest eye-lip make-up isn’t pretty, but for some reason it’s hard to take your eyes away from it. It leaves you confused and unsure whether it’s an eye or lips you’re looking at. If you still haven’t guessed, she painted the super realistic eye on her own lips! To make it look more confusing at a first glance, Sandra even attached fake eyelashes on the upper lip.
London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz creates amazing anamorphic sculptures that can only be seen in their own reflections. In fact, without the mirror cylinder, most of his pieces would look like rubbish. To create these sculptures, Jonty first scans a three-dimensional object, then uses computational software to come up with new physical forms.
Seeing how much you liked our first selection of optical illusions, we figured it was high time to show you more. We’ve spent a lot of time looking for more incredible examples of illusions in photos, but it was much harder than the first time. Nevertheless, we managed to find 40 more great examples that we are very eager to share with you!