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By on March 20, 2010, with 36 Comments  

Convex or Concave HangerGot this incredible photo from one of our loyal visitors. Then I made a cropped version of it to strengthen the effect. Just look at the small thumbnail on your right. How easy it is to decide whether the doll-like hanger is convex or concave (embossed or embedded)? There should be no mistake if we decide it’s concave convex, right?

Unfortunately, our brain was fooled once again! This known effect has something to do with our brain processing the information of face-like objects, automatically rendering them to convex 3d models. We just can’t fight it.

Check the complete photo below! It’s almost impossible to notice where the concave part ends and (falsely presumed) convex part of the figure starts. Probably we saw so many faces during our life, it’s impossible to ignore the learned logic which constructs them 3-dimensionally in our head. Do you think kids are immune to this? How about animals?

Convex or Concave Hanger

By on March 18, 2010, with 83 Comments  

Our Belgian friend Ellen spotted this new LG poster in the wild, and gracefully decided to share it with us. At first I haven’t noticed anything interesting about it, but luckily I was patient enough to read the bottom line before I ditched the photo. It says something about LG phones being able to detect up to 16 faces in one shot. Then I inspected the little phone icon, and noticed there are at least 16 hidden faces present in this perspective! Boy was I surprised! Apart from 5 obvious people and a picture on the wall, try and spot as many hidden faces you can. I’ll start by pointing out the branches in the window. Could it be a reference to our widgets icon? The one we borrowed from Sandra Bullock’s Premonition? I’ll let you find the other ones… Be sure to open the picture in full-size, and then you can check the little phone icon in the footer when you’re stuck! Please, no more than one answer per comment, so other can have some fun too…

LG Detects 16 Faces, How about You?

You can open this image in full size to see all the hidden stuff...

By on March 17, 2010, with 41 Comments  

I know, I know… we already had bunch of similar “Caught in The Moment” type of optical illusions. Still, I can’t resist posting them. What I like most about this stuff, is the circumstances these photos were taken at. There was no intention to create an optical illusion, yet the results speak for themselves. The other two photos I included are just a funny coincidence. But the chewed-up Headless Gymnasts one is really awesome. Which one is your favorite? Should I stop posting these? Looking forward to hear your feedback!

Athletes Optical Illusion Continue Reading …

By on March 15, 2010, with 52 Comments  

When Suzanne Green pointed me to this gallery, at first I thought “Nothing special, must be Photoshopped“. But Alexa Meade is an artist who thinks completely backwards! Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas, while Alexa applied acrylic paints on her subjects, and made them appear to be part of a painting! Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models, and architectural spaces has been incorporated into a series of installations that create a perceptual shift in how we experience and interpret spatial relationships. In weeks to come, I will prepare more of her galleries for you to enjoy!

Hyper Realistic Acrylic Body Painting Continue Reading …

By on March 13, 2010, with 37 Comments  

Ghost Army Using Illusions in WWIII’ve stumbled upon an interesting WWII article about “Ghost Army“, an invisible army, operating in obscurity, mastering the arts of illusion, deception, and disinformation to defeat the Nazis in World War II. Something very similar you’ve already seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastardz.

This top-secret unit, so highly classified that its very existence was denied by the Pentagon for 50 years, is finally being not just exposed, but placed in the spotlight by a Michigan Library and an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

If this interests you, I recommend going through the original article, published on Seattle PI yesterday. Anyway, The Ghost Army was an elite unit made up of artists, designers, sound technicians, press agents, makeup artists, and professional photographers. This may sound weird, but if we remember how US forces, Soviet Army and even Nazis had a paranormal unit at their service, then this shouldn’t surprise us as much. The unit’s mission was to deceive the German Army into believing that the Allies possessed more troops and material than they actually did and, even more heroically, to draw enemy fire on themselves, allowing regular combat units to advance with fewer casualties. They ussed every theatrical tool at their command. A few sound trucks armed with nothing more than loud speakers could “impersonate” a battalion of tanks or an entire infantry division.

Another tool of trickery involved visual deceptions, created using life-size mock-ups of artillery, trucks, planes, tanks, and even buildings. There was a Frenchman coming down the road, and when he saw the scene pictured in above photo, he thought he was hallucinating to see four men pick up a tank. Once again, head over to the original article for more descriptions, and testimonials…

Ghost Army Using Illusions in WWII

A "Dummy Convoy": Every Vehicle And Weapon In This Photo Is Made From Rubber.

By on March 11, 2010, with 18 Comments  

Since I’m in a hurry right now, I’ll just post a quick relative sizes picture today. Nothing we haven’t already seen. Well, there was a slight modification, though. Normally, we’re used seeing this type of illusions, where further object seemed bigger than the closer one. In reality they were both the same size. I modified the original photo, where both robots were identical in size, and made the further one much smaller in height. This prevents us from seeing him bigger, as we normally would, but I dare to say no-one can perceive him smaller than the victim he is chasing. In worst case scenario, they both appear the same. When you look at the second picture, you’ll realize how they are different indeed. This “advanced” type of relative sizes illusion, can already be seen in Xaver Nitsch’s Audi R8 example.

If He Only Knew The Truth... Continue Reading …

By on March 9, 2010, with 46 Comments  

Yes, today’s picture shouldn’t be considered true optical illusion. No-one normal would be deceived seeing this huge snake painted on public transportation. Your brain would simply prevent it from fooling you. However, I think it’s great example of creative advertising. Not only did it catch my attention, it became viral around the net as well. The only thing I’m not certian about, is what should this billboard represent? Somwhere in back of my head quiet voice suggests how this ad’s purpose was to promote public Zoo of some sort, but I can’t give any guarantees.

Danish Bus Optical Illusion

By on March 7, 2010, with 32 Comments  

Video: Another Reverse PerspectiveFew days ago I posted an introduction to Patrick Hughes’ Reverse Perspectives. In my opinion his creations add important value to modern art, and more important for us – enrich optical illusions field. As you have noted (and I share your view), previous video didn’t do justice to Patrick Hughes’ opus. It was shaky, and relatively avoided showing this magnificent effect in full strength. So, I have found another, better example to present Hughes’ work with.

I believe, and am certain you’ll agree with me, that this video presents Reverse Perspective in much better light. Now it’s much easier to experience Patrick’s exhibits. It also helps us to understand how his perspectives really work. Be sure to carefully listen what Patrick said about evolution of perspective at 1:10.  Oh, I know it might annoy you, but our video player is loaded after the whole page has been downloaded in your browser. I don’t know how to change this, but waiting few seconds probably won’t kill you ;)