Creative Optical Illusion Photographs


Me and my girlfriend got kicked out of our apartment (again). New landlords have kicked us out due to their son making his mistress pregnant. Naturally, his wife kicked him out, so he is flying back home from Brazil, and needs some place to live at. Unfortunately, here in Croatia you have almost no rights against your landlord, who can kick you out of the rented apartment any time he pleases. I just wish this was somehow regulated, like it is in the USA. Well, life goes on and we’ll just have to deal with it, finding some other location. No need to bother you further, let’s better jump on illusion set for today.

An interesting collection was discovered today by this Spanish blog. You can see 3 different (yet all creative) photos posted inside this article. In my opinion there is no special need to explain them further. I liked the one with a match and wooden “flame” background the most. Which one is your favorite?

  • ITS A V!

    I dont get it…

  • Anonymous

    the woman and the glass of wine…. am i reading it wrong… or is it implying what i think its implying?

  • Nebbit

    god i hope your not right with the wine…

  • michcio1234

    Well… I think the wine is implying exactly what you think it’s implying…

  • Pablo

    IT is just what it seems, and I find it original

  • alvaro

    Although your source doesn’t say it, these photos are the work of Chema Madoz, a very reputated spanish photographer whose photos are always fresh and original, showing alternative visions of daily objects.

    You can see more of him in his website:


  • Anonymous

    i dont get it…

  • Jenn

    I like the lipstick. Both, the lips and the nails are stereotypical for the needs of women. I can’t agree with it, but this thoughts are in most of the minds.

  • berky93

    I like it. although I dont get the hotel sign one.

  • maximiwax

    the first one is amazing
    and i’ve seen the girl with the glass of wine before
    but i don’t know what the “hotel” sign means…???

  • Anonymous

    i dont get the 3rd and 4th one…
    but otherwise the rest are alright

  • Billy

    I don’t understand the girl and wine glass thing and the hotel sign

  • Anonymous

    these are really cool
    i get all of them except the Hotel one.can someone tell me wats it is supposed to be?

  • Strawberry

    I hope you’re feeling alright.
    Interesting illusions though!

  • Castaway

    They are good ones. The one with the hotel sign is an ironing table leaning on the wall. The shape of the sign is the typical shape those signs have here in Spain on all roads to point an exit to get out from the road, I don’t know if they’re the same in other countries over Europe.


  • Anonymous

    The hotel “sign” is an ironing board. I really like the wooden flame one.

  • Anonymous

    the 1st 1 is like a door knob right?

    every 1 whos wondering the hotel one is an ironing board on its side

  • Anonymous

    I THINK the hotel one is referencing it should be an arrow pointing to a hotel, but it’s actually an ironing board.
    I can’t connect it besides that.
    The others I get.

  • Anonymous

    The hotel sign one is actually an Ironboard … but further then that, i don’t know what it implys only that you have to iron your own clothes still :P

  • Wanda June :D

    yeah…definetly dont get the hotel one…and the wine one is …different. :/

  • stephanie

    i dont get like any of it…i dont get the girl with the wine glass or the lipstick finger or the hotel sign…am i dumb or do a lot of u guys not get it?

  • Anonymous

    Hi i dont normally comment but i visit your site everyday:) just wanted to show some support by saying good luck on finding a new location,getting kicked out sucks:(

    Oh and keep up the good work with the website =D

  • dearskies

    I don’t understand the hotel one.
    I love all the other ones.

  • FaQ

    Your landlord's life sounds like a soap opera. (Yours too, to some extent.) =) lol

    I like the two match illusions. Very creative. And the woman & the wine glass….quite imaginitive. hehehe And yeah, I don't get the hotel one either. Unless it's implying that the hotel is underground (which could symbolize hell. "Welcome to heell." hahaha)

  • Trinsec

    Oh, the ‘hotel sign’ is actually an ironing board! It took me a bit as well to figure it out.

    The one doing the ironing (usually the mother) is often a hotel for her husband/kids. Ironic. ;)

  • art

    first: i was looking around the site and the comments on Brazilian Sand Girl Optical Illusion scare me
    second: the hotel sign on 3 is an ironing board and thats all i can say
    and third: Do you like waffles?
    What about pancakes? French toast?

  • Joseph

    are you folks a bunch of friggin prudes???

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure but the hotel sign is pointing DOWN so maybe that has something to do with it…

  • Anonymous

    is it an ironing board?

  • pseudohappy

    What is the girl with the glass of wine implying?

  • Anonymous

    Go to australia they hav more beta rites than in USA

  • bufar

    The hotel sign is implying that the photograph was taken inside the hotel.

  • Screaming Doubles

    Hey, i wanted to say that Alvaro, you had a really good post. I checked out her works and they are really quite good. There are some nice photos that are “fresh and original” spins to “everyday objects”


  • Maribelle

    I think they’re all ok, but I don’t get the hotel/ironing-board picture either…perhaps it’s just referring to a bit of pop culture that I’m not wholly familiar with? If anyone out there is capable of enlightening me, please do so.

  • Dizzydevil

    The wineglass (or at least a very similar picture) is a book-cover here in Germany of David Sedaris great book “Fuselfieber“.

  • Erich

    The hotel sign looks (due to the bars) like an ironing board… Or maybe it’s an ironing board looking like a street sign?

  • Anonymous

    these r good in a silly sence! I wouldn’t really go calling them optical illusions tho!

  • Philman

    I like it, to those who don’t get th hotel one, I don’t know f it is supposed to mean anything but it is a hotel sign on an Ironing board. Maybe about people treating home as a hotel to just get food and washing done?

  • Anonymous

    The hotel sign is an ironing board, wich has indeed the same shape.

  • Anonymous

    is the hotel one (cos it’s on an ironing board) saying that, with the woman (sorry for the sterotype)doing all the ironing, that other people treat her like a maid at a hotel?

    they’re a bit weird, but quite cool, i like the way that you can get meaning from some of them, rather than just an illusion. good job!

    ps. love the site!

  • Anonymous

    It took me a bit on the hotel one. It’s an ironing board made from a hotel sign.

    The wine one… let’s be clear: it’s not reflecting, uh, anything related to that time of the month. Depending on where you want to go, it’s either nudity (I need say no more) or a small bit of panties. And, outside of the flame one, seems to be the most cleaver since it’s not necessarily a setup. The lipstick one, for example, is too much a setup.

  • akane95

    Sorry about your apartment situation. I hate moving!

    Cool illusions! I like the first one also.

  • Roey

    Hi Vurdlak,

    Good luck finding the new apartment! :)

  • Bernard

    these are very cool, also, in th USA it’s the opposite, landlords have almost no rights at all.

  • Heijru

    Awesome illusions!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think the hotel one is an ironing board. I also think that since the sign looks like a really cheaply made sign that the hotel is really cheap too.

  • Anonymous

    I like the match ones

    those are cool

    i think the iron board not that good

  • hornyguyfuuuuuuuuuuuuuun

    I love the lady with the wine so horny…. lawl

  • Anonymous

    First One: Has a match that was once lit/ is now being used as a new flame on a wooden door/wall/ect, I thought there was supposed to be a third pic in here, and can’t find it…

    Second: Symbolizes that it is indeed a thermometer BUT the already lit end is the coolest part of the used match which is at 0, and since the other end has never been used, one could say that it will soon be the Hottest part soon enough if the flame had continued it’s journey.

    Third: A women with just a glass of red wine, OR A women’s silohuette with her Pubic region being shown (neatly trimmed pubic hair) Health

    Fourth: It is actually in a hotel already showing that Yes this hotel has an ironing board, so also a iron, these are part of the ameneties the hotel already carries.

    Fifth: Lipstick and nail Polish can sometimes match, this shows that they do, OR that if one were to take the time to get the lipstick right, than one would make the time to have “Perfect” Nails, usually Acrylic “fake nails”/ Someone whom is high fashioned. Someone whom takes the time to put their face(s) on. Also suggests fake-ness

  • Anonymous

    hotel one is simple, ITS AN IRONING BOARD!

  • Abrc08

    I don’t get the wine one.

    • the glass of wine is the womans “pussy”

  • vickers

    i dont get the hotel one.

    • nate

      the hotel sign is a ironing board made up to look like the omnipresent hotel signs in europe. If you are american it might be a little WTF, i don’t know how its clever or anything they have a common shape i guess, dunno.

  • GabbyH

    the wine one is supposed to look like lady parts and the hotel one is supposed to be a sign, or just clever…

  • littleladygoldie

    i dont get the burnt match next to the girl/wine pic…

    • Cy

      They’re not connected. The match looks like a thermometer. The lady & the wine — well…

  • tacos

    the burnt math is thurmometer but i dont get the first one

  • tacos

    haha sorry i meant match not math

  • griffin

    the hotel sign is an ironing board, and the wood behind the matchstick (top one) is meant to look like a flame!

  • em

    the match before the girl with wine is a thermometer.

  • em

    the with with the wine is picturing bush.

  • Me

    I dono if I was meant to, or if it was the dyslexia, but when I read the ‘Hotel’ I read ‘to hell’ at a glance, before I looked at it. And it’s pointing to the earth.. So maybe?

  • Emily

    not to be gross or anything.. but i think the wine one has something to do with a girl’s period. but im not sure. it just makes sence to me. red wine placed there with a thermomtor? almost measuring the flow right?
    ha, thats what i see but..

  • Emily

    and i think the last one is like a to heaven to hell kinda thing

  • poop

    its a ironin g board where it says hotel and someone tell me the one with the wine

  • nick

    hey croatia is bomb! hrvatska

  • alicia

    i dont get the wine one

  • my fav is the lipstick one. :)

  • Íris Santos

    Yeah, all these photographs were taken by the infamous spanish photographer Chema Madoz.

    I’m a very big fan. He can make clever things out of simple objects ;)

  • LiliumCrystal

    I like the 1st one

  • mydogsighs

    You stupids. Look at the ladys hands theyre hairy. Everyone thinks wierd

  • driveUs

    Yes, the Hotel sign/Ironing Board is pointing down to living in hell!

    “You can check in, but, never leave!”

  • kate


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