29 posts tagged Optical illusion
29 posts tagged Optical illusion
It’s time to pay a visit to the Department of Awesome Mimicry where we’ll meet the Lygodium Spider Moth (Siamusotima aranea). Discovered in Thailand in 2005, this clever creature evolved markings on its wings that give it the impressively convincing appearance of being a spindly, orange spider. The markings deter predators and, now that it’s been discovered by humans, probably many arachnophobes as well.
Photos by John Horstman
It’s time for another dose of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork: Swiss artist Felice Varini uses projectors and stencils to create amazing large scale geometric art installations inside rooms and on exterior spaces. These photos show you his latest anamorphic creation at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. In addition to their impressive scale, what’s truly awesome about these pieces is that they only appear proportional when seen from a specific viewpoint. When viewed from any other spot, the piece breaks down into its component parts.
Follow Felice Varini on Facebook to learn about his other projects.
Watch out acrophobes, this piece of anamorphic street art might give you vertigo. Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer based in Berlin, Germany created the dizzying illusion of standing on the edge of a skyscraper’s roof for visitors actually standing quite safely on the pavement in front of the Skrapan shopping mall in Stockholm, Sweden.
“He sees photography as a way of collecting material to realize the ideas of the mind. Last fall, Johansson was commissioned by the Stockholm shopping mall Skrapan to create a perspective illusion for their 5th anniversary. Being one of the tallest buildings in the city, they wanted to incorporate the view from the top of the building into the optical illusion.”
It’s a brand new week, which means it’s about time for a new crazy photo meme from Japan. This time those crazy kids, inspired by a new anime series based on the manga Attack on Titan, are playing with the age-old trick of forced perspective and staging awesome photos in which one giant student is grabbing or about to devour their classmates.
The show seems to have captured the imagination of Japan’s youth. Since late April, photos of “Pretend Attack on Titan” (進撃の巨人ごっこ or Shingeki no Kyojin gokko) have been popping up online. Using perspective tricks, this photo trend usually depicts teens pretending to hold or even eat other kids. There are also photos of teens “attacking” giant classmates. Over the past few days, the number of pics has really begun to take off.”
So, with all of these fantastic photo memes to play with, when do these students have time for class?
Meanwhile, in Norway a few brazen folks have disregarded the Law of Gravity and taken to walking on walls instead of the streets. City walls tend to be much less crowded. You just have to be careful not to walk across windows, trip on CCTV cameras, or fall into open doorways.
Or perhaps it’s the work of Norwegian stencil artist Anders Gjennestad, aka Strøk. This awesome new photorealistic stencil piece can be found on a wall in Porsgrunn, a city and municipality in Telemark county, Norway.
Yikes! Do you suffer from Galeophobia? If so, you’d probably opt to take the stairs rather than get inside this awesomely terrifying elevator. It’s been decorated to look like the inside of a shark cage with an enormous great white shark ominously hanging out on the other side of the bars.
James Delaney spotted and photographed the inside of this elevator in Johannesburg, South Africa while attending a tourism convention.
From the Department of Awesome Optical Illusions comes this fantastic photo entitled Oko, which means “eye” in Croatian. It was taken by Marko Popadic, a photographer based in Merzenich, Germany. The markings on the wing of a butterfly perched on the zygomatic bone of a human skull hauntingly serve as the piercing gaze of the skull’s missing eye.
Stockholm-based photographer Christian Åslund created an awesome visual tribute to retro 2D video games by using the streets of Hong Kong as a backdrop for a delightful series of photos.
“The photos were taken as part of an ad campaign for shoe brand Jim Rickey utilizing models who would lay flat on the streets or sidewalks to create the unique perspective.”
Brusspup is an artist who creates awesome anamorphic illustrations. We’ve posted a variety of anamorphic artwork in the past, but this video is a particular treat because you get to see what anamorphic art looks like when it’s not viewed head on. Here you’ll see just how convincing Brusspup’s work is as you’re presented with seemingly solid objects that, when turned, reveal themselves to be completely flat.
You’ll want to rub your eyes and give your brain a good cleaning after checking out these household objects that aren’t at all what they seem.
[via Obvious Winner]