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A butterfly perches in the eye socket of a human skull, creating the illusion of an eye. This once in a lifetime photograph made by #Marko Popadic, titled “Oko” (meaning eye in Croatian) shows a perfectly posed butterfly sitting in the eye socket of a human skull. The big spot on the butterfly’s wing creates the impression of an eye, making it appear that the skull is watching you. In art, skulls are a symbol of death and finality, while butterflies are a symbol of birth, change and new beginnings. This photograph shows beautifully the juxtaposition between the two most important elements of nature – life and death. Very artistic, isn’t it?

Once in A Lifetime Illusion


16 Responses
  1. JohnE says:

    Happy Easter!

    • Blair says:

      Happy Easter to you too JohnE, and all the others looking, the image is also apropos of the celebration.

  2. z2d4th says:

    is this real or Photoshop? total coincident..

  3. ChrisChaos says:

    ‘Once in a lifetime’
    A dead butterfly Placed in a skull for the photo

  4. Anonymous says:

    That’s so cool! I wonder if there are more pics like this.

  5. Ramyak Rohan Mohanty says:

    Perfect pic!

    Clicked at the right moment!!!!

  6. themosayat says:

    I’ve almost finished going through all the illusions on this site since I discovered it last week … fewh ! it’s been a crazy ride so far !! thanks so much for this, Vurdlak ;D

  7. Uroš says:

    Amazing :D great photo

  8. Bandit says:

    Very nice image…..
    just looks more posed than accidental….

    keep it up…

  9. jacke18 says:

    Clearly shopped. Let’s get some REAL illusions.

  10. freyiejj says:

    haha funny, but creepy!

  11. Katie says:

    This is so cool! wonder how they captured it???

  12. Lee Marshall says:

    Great application

  13. Tim says:

    Not to take away anything from the creativity of this piece, it’s not the result of good luck but of good compositing skill. The photographer Popadic notes on his Flikr page the butterfly alone is composed of three different images. Wonderful illusion, nonetheless!

  14. Renee says:

    I like this!

  15. LauraE says:

    yooo any1 wanna se meh awesome pic i drew??

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