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Souvenir Optical Illusions by Michael Hughes
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Optical Illusions10 years ago

Souvenir Optical Illusions by Michael Hughes

At first glance, it may look like the real Big Ben in this cool photo. But wait… what’s that hand doing in there?

Actually, it’s the hand of photographer and tourist Michael Hughes who creates cool optical illusions by placing cheap souvenirs in front of famous landmarks. Michael has discovered this travel photography 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.

“I was amazed because this eye trick just seemed to fill a massive grey hole that was in the sky and it was the exact position the photographer had taken the picture from,” said Michael to Daily Mail.

His travel photos Flickr site is now well beyond the 5 million mark, but the absolute high point was when he got an email from the producer of the Jay Leno Show. Unfortunately, “the ensuing telephone conversation was enough to persuade her that the illusion photos would be utterly useless on TV, so he missed his big chance.”

Check out his amazing illusion photo below for yourself! it surely gives a new perspective on taking interesting photos!

Website: hughes-photography.eu | flickr

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Rebecca West
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like the fact that each image look realistic and colourful. He has created his work by using smaller objects of the big object and he used different angles to make it seem like it’s a part of the real scene. I could recreate his work by using a souvenir to create different scenes.

Rebecca West
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like the fact that each image look realistic and colourful. He has created his work by using smaller objects of the big object and he used different angles to make it seem like it’s a part of the real scene. I could recreate his work by using a souvenir to create different scenes.

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