Optical Illusions

Optical illusions trick us into perceiving something differently than it actually exists. The brain does its best to match the information gathered by the eye to its memory data bank (as learned by the individual experience). optics_exam However, when the brain cannot find any match it tends to provide the closest match possible hence, a perception that does not always tally with a physical shape of the object as seen by the eye. Some illusions show us one thing in a picture, while someone else sees something entirely different in the same picture. Optical illusions occur because we don't always know what we see, but we tend to see what we know (often by associations). The word illusion comes from the Latin verb illudere meaning, "to mock" Example: The text graphic on the left says what? Now click on the answer box:

David Taggart photography - Timing is everything...

optics_david_taggart_old_man As an experienced media and marketing executive, David Taggart led many companies to success. With one foot still in the corporate world, he is now devoting an increasing amount of time and energy to his real passion: photography. People are what motivate and interest David Taggart. Through his photography, he connects with his subjects and extends that connection the viewer. Read more and see David Taggarts's work at:


The Afghan Girl

The Afghan Girl, a photograph of Steve McCurry which appeared on the cover of National Geographic in June 1985 (made him famous). The Afghan Girl photo was named the most recognised photograph in the history National Geographic. The image of the Afgan Girl with the sea-green eyes staring directly into the camera became a symbol of the 1980s and of the Afgan conflict refugee situation of the time. It is only in 2002 that her identity was identified as Gula. There were many variations of Steve McCurry's Afgan Girl since then and, one of them is that
of an optical illusion of the Afghan Girl.

Is that why women make men dizzy..


2D or not 2D

Alexander Khokhlov is an award-winning Russian photographer based in Moscow. He is known worldwide for his eye-tricking portraits based on the mix of face-art and different textures. Alexander Khokhlov and makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan teamed up to create an amazing series of portraits "Art of Face", using the natural lines of models’ faces to create illusionary forms.

In a series called 2D or not 2D, they tried to create 2D images on the faces of models using perspective and amazing makeup creativity to sell the shot. From sketches to oil paintings to the look of a graphic novel, these two have done a stellar job to create a unique look in camera.
To see more of Alexander Khokhlov amazing work go to:

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What do you see?
A wise character with penetrating eyes reflecting on... what? Can you spot a dog, nine faces, a flamenco dancer(?), a old Chinese man with a walking stick? Are there more hidden faces?

What do you see?
Can you spot the following: An veiled medieval character on a horse surrounded by at least 10 veiled women or men! Can you spot them all?

Colourful and Innovative pedestrian crossings in some cities



In India, roads account for the highest fatalities in the world. Averages to 400 deaths a day or one life snuffed out every 3.6 minutes, in what an expert described as a "daily massacre on our roads". Over 1.37 million people were killed in road accidents in 2013, which is more than the number of people killed in all of India’s wars combined. The number comes as a wake-up call for the government.

Indian Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, has set a goal of reducing road fatalities by 50% by 2020. optics_3d_indian_police We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements for speed breakers.. Nitin Gadkari, shared in a Tweet. The optical illusions aim to encourage drivers to slow down automatically, instead of whizzing over raised bumps that can fling people from their vehicle. Last month, India put in the order to have all speed breakers removed from the country's highways due to its high number of incidents.
(Source: The Times of India - April 2016)


Below is a seemingly floating zebra crossing formed part of a series of 3D paintings created across the village by artists in 2015 to help boost tourism (Photograph credit: Bancroft Media) optics_3d_crossing_china.

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More than just a skull...


Most people can see a skull without much difficulty. However, the details of the drawing reveal more than just an unusual drawing of a skull. After careful observation that one can see two (of four) medieval characters walking pass the arch structure and apprehensively looking at the perched crows above and seemingly ready to pounce on them... The first character is an important individual with an appropriate attire with the bottom frills making up the teeth of the skull. He is carrying a black satchel which makes up the right sunken eye of the skull; the black cloth bag on his back is the left sunken eye of the skull. He has his left arm on the shoulder of his servant who seemingly has an animal by his side (the head of the animal is a skull).

A Thirsty Elephant

Heimaey is is an Icelandic island; home to around 4,500 people (and, eight million puffins every summer! Many millions of other birds migrate there for breeding and feeding). Heimaey is the largest of 15 islands of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. The area is very volcanically active, like the rest of Iceland. Above is a natural basalt rock formation showing an elephant head which attracts visitors.


Dizzy Eyes

optics_dizzy_eyes Some images can make you feel dizzy.
if you stare too much at them, so be careful and avoid looking when very tired. Otherwise… Enjoy!

This elephant is not alone!

optics_elephants. One exciting animal that kids love is elephants. Take a look at the elephant that is painted on a wall (blow). You will notice that this giant gentle beast is not alone! Can you spot all the different animals that are with the elephant, or even a part of the elephant? Nature is an amazing thing, especially when it is used in an optical illusion.


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