Gillian Brown’s Constructed Photographs


What’s so special about Gillian Brown’s photographs? Not much – you’d probably say at first. But wait! Don’t conclude things only by looking at the first photo I gave you. Go inside the article and you’ll see few more photos of the same set – only seen from different perspectives. This is amazing! Kinda looks like our recent Marvel optical illusion. The truth is that these aren’t just paintings painted over real life photos. How did the author achieve this? The 3D effect these images accomplish works only from certain angle of view. If you remember our 2006 articles about Felice Varini (they can be found inside 3d chalk drawings category), you’ll immediately recognize the technique and understand how they work. I love illusions of this type. Do you?

  • Elmo

    Not the most exciting, but that’s okay.

    • happydoodle

      really cool …

    • happydoodle

      its not 2 exciting but it mus have taken a lotto time, measuring and painting an all

  • Anonymous

    I luv it!

  • Anonymous

    woahh this is sooo disturbing.. it looks like someone cut the girl in the desk in half >.<

  • Rachel

    These are so cool!
    I especially love the first one.

  • Screaming Doubles

    i love these.
    how did he do them?
    paint? sticker?
    other apps?

  • =P

    i think these are great!

  • Anonymous

    That could be easily done by projecting the image with a projector onto the wall or through a doorway, and then painting where the light is shining.

  • kris

    first time commenter, long-time reader. i’m in awe of anybody who can mess with reality and somehow put it back together a bit better for wear.

  • kathy andrews

    by the way, viewers, cn sum1 tell me wat a widget is? coz i’m new to the site and i dunno!
    and MR.(OWNER OF MO.ILLUSIONS)THIS IS THE BEST SITE I’VE EVERRRRRRR SEEEN!I LOVE IT!and are YOU the owner of mighty magic tricks also?then u know wat , even dat’s a great site!!thanks MR. MOI!!!!

  • crenshawyeo

    HOLY….i thought it was another one of them “magazine illusion” type things…thats so good its not funny.

  • Anonymous

    pretty cool!
    this effects are amazing!

  • DC

    I think it’s amazing! I’m just wondering, how do you paint that? Do you stand on just one point and use a very long brush? Or do you go back and forth, painstakingly adding to the image? What do you think?

  • Anonymous

    hey, why rnt i first?!

    quite cool pics, but i’ve seen better

    maybe becausde i seen a lot of pics this kind

  • Anonymous

    these are BAD ASS!

  • Anonymous

    mmmm… good… bah…

  • witoman

    this is really neat. i’d love to see more of these or even an entire exhibit of these.

  • PJ

    I love these illusions

  • Daniel

    really cool….and kathy, a widget is a small little, automatically updating thing that can be added to various places. if you have a google page (which is easy to make) you can add a widget to it that shows you the new illusion everytime one is added. help at all?

  • Daniel

    and im guessing he does it with the projector method

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  • Anonymous

    Wow, I think these are interesting!

  • Anonymous

    wow theese r cool, looks like it takes a lot of effort to make one

  • stoop

    i am always very impressed with these, but boy do they make my head hurt :-\

  • Anonymous

    These are cool. Lord knows I wouldn’t want to see some person all over my staircase when I’m going down for a midnight snack… Lol

  • Anonymous

    wow that guy has talent

  • Anonymous

    I love these types of 3D pictures since they kind of give you that “ghostly” feeling since you can see what they’re drawn on if you look closly, as if they’re ghosts of people who were: ex. once at that school or in that house during X-Mas.

  • Anonymous

    The art itself is terrific using only black and white in a drawing with shade and making it look realistic!

  • Delenn

    2nd to last. :OMFG! GHOSTS! (What, they look like it!)

  • DrankOrgel

    Totally not creepy

  • katelyn

    it was a bit crap but a bit ok

  • Skidy

    Crap, but ok

  • Skidy

    They look like they are ghosts ready to invade. tht woz a bit crap, but it woz ok as well

  • Me, Myself, and iPod

    That’s so kewl!

  • Delishia Harding


  • feather

    wow these are good – not my favorites but still very good

  • Noelle

    I think these are absolutely amazing. I’m an artist myself but I wish I was as talented as the artists you show on this site. Their work is simply amazing :)

  • Erick B. Coria

    It is amazing, definitely a golden medal. But at the same time, they are disturbing. All the people is cut. But at the same time, they seem to be there.

  • Kidsrock12347

    sry but i hate these optical illusions

  • Nikki


  • miamor

    wowww !

  • J. Edgar Hoover

    My brain hurts now and I understand quantum theories what’s going on

  • Anastasia

    I think it has everything to do with the point that the camera is shooting from.

  • Link the Hylian

    Isn’t it a woman who created these everyone, Gillian Brown, and she’s the only artist who created these, and they’re amazing, although I do wish that she didn’t do shading of the background as well, just the people, that would really give them a ghost-like appearance!

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