Some find them frustrating, while others just can’t get enough – optical illusions is something that will always leave you perplexed and questioning your eyesight. Our minds are trying to find the easiest way to look at things. At a first glance, we try to relate the image with the most basic and close interpretation of it, and only after a few seconds do we realize that separate details of the image don’t even make sense. Check out the selection of our favorite photographic illusions and see for yourself!
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Don’t be deceived, this is not another collection of Guido Daniele’ work. The hand paintings below are all painted by a talented London-based body painter Annie Ralli. Photographed by Ray Massey, these optical illusions are a part of advertising campaign for Ecclesiastical Insurance, a niche insurance company using the byline “You’re in good hands”.
Photographer and tourist Michael Hughes creates cool optical illusions by placing cheap souvenirs in front of famous landmarks. Michael has discovered the technique back in 1998 when he held up a postcard he bought for his daughter on the tourist platform at the Lorelei cliffs next to the river Rhine. Interestingly, he has recently started taking trips just to photograph a souvenir in front of its landmark.
For the cover of the August issue of Clase Premier magazine, Mexican studio Golpeavisa had to make a portrait of René Redzepi, the world’s best chef. Usually, these cover illustrations are digital drawings, but this time Golpeavisa decided to push their luck a little bit further, and do the illustration photographically. The idea was to shoot a bunch of cuisine and kitchen related elements positioned in such a way that it would look like a silhouette of Redzepi’s face.
Abyssal is an image of an abyss constructed in vertical anamorphosis, in which successive lines of windows in great perspectival compression provoke the perception of a space in depth, which will function as a virtual hole able to provide uncanny spatial distortions. This large-format digital image also involves a temporal dimension – since through it I sought to recover, almost archaeologically, the memory of the old-fashioned windows of the market that used to operate in this building.
Swiss artist Felice Varini has been creating illusions of flat graphics superimposed on three dimensional spaces since 1979 using the same eye-deceiving technique called anamorphosis. The complete shapes can only be seen when viewed at certain angles, otherwise the viewer will only see some random broken pieces.
If you happen to be in France rigth now, you can finally make your old dream come true! A giant mirrored building facade by artist Leandro Erlich will instantly turn you into a Spiderman. The installation is called Bâtiment (Building) and is currently on display at Le 104 in Paris as part of their In_Perceptions exhibition. Be sure to also check out his incredible Fake Swimming Pool we featured earlier (if you haven’t done that yet.)
Do you remember the Anamorphic Typography by Joseph Egan we’ve posted earlier? Well, Truly Design made this cool Medusa illusion using the same eye-deceiving technique called anamorphosis. This challenging work was implemented in the factory/urban lab which hosted Sub Urb Art.
Today, we want to show you another wonderful 3D illusion which is installed in front of the steps of Paris’s city hall. French artist François Abélanet created this incredible 3-dimensional grass globe with the help of about ninety workers and called it ‘Qui croire?’ (‘who to believe?’). When viewed at a certain angle it looks as though it was a large sphere.
This time we compiled a list of the world’s top 5 most talented 3D sidewalk chalk artists showcasing some of their best works. Those guys are: Edgar Mueller, Julian Beever, Kurt Wenner, Manfred Stader, and Eduardo Rolero. Their works are created using a projection called anamorphosis, and create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the correct angle.