Once in A Lifetime Illusion


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?

  • JohnE

    Happy Easter!

    • Blair

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

  • z2d4th

    is this real or Photoshop? total coincident..

  • ChrisChaos

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Ramyak Rohan Mohanty

    Perfect pic!

    Clicked at the right moment!!!!

  • themosayat

    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

  • Uroš

    Amazing :D great photo

  • Bandit

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

    keep it up…

  • jacke18

    Clearly shopped. Let’s get some REAL illusions.

  • freyiejj

    haha funny, but creepy!

  • Katie

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

  • Lee Marshall

    Great application

  • Tim

    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!

  • Renee

    I like this!

  • LauraE

    yooo any1 wanna se meh awesome pic i drew??

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