Scrolling through my Instagram recommendations the other day, a strange horse appeared on my timeline. It was made of clothes on a clothing line; it made me smile and made me curious about the artist behind it. And that’s how I discovered Helga Stentzel. She creates fun and quirky images from everyday stuff, turning something we see every day into photos we definitely don’t see every day. Her photos amazed me and amused me, and she kindly shared some of them with DIYP readers.
I’ve always found optical illusions fun and intriguing. In fact, I like them so much that I visited the Museum of Illusions three times. In this video, Andrew Steele shares an interesting optical illusion that tricks your brain into seeing a black and white photo in color. Of course, I tried it. It works, and it’s really trippy. Take a look at the video below and see for yourself.
We love optical illusions, no matter if they were made with forced perspective, colors, or makeup. Indian wildlife photographer Sarosh Lodhi made one by snapping a photo at exactly the right time. He photographed two zebras, and people can’t seem to agree which one is looking at the camera. Can you guess which one is it?
On Monday, the Pentagon released three declassified videos of “unexplained aerial phenomena”. That’s a fancy term for “UFOs”. The Guardian reports that the Pentagon released the footage to “clear up any misconceptions by the public” on whether or not the footage that had been previously leaked was genuine. It turns out that it was.
The three clips are referred to as Flir, Go Fast and Gimbal, which are shown in the video above. But I wouldn’t necessarily go pointing the fingers at little green (or grey) men just yet. There may be perfectly reasonable optical explanations for strange speed and movements shown in the clips.
When you have a vivid imagination, the world around you becomes magical even on the dullest of days. The work of Portuguese photographer Tiago Silva is a great example of this. He observes the world around him and looks for unusual perspectives, compositions, colors and shadows. As a result, he ends up with plenty of fun optical illusions created on the spot, in-camera, and without Photoshop.
Makeup is an art form on its own, and as photographers, we all know how important it is to work with a good makeup artist. But some artists take their craft to a new level and turn it into amazing optical illusions. Serbian makeup artist and skin illusionist Mirjana “Kika” Milošević is one of them. She uses makeup to transform herself into stunning optical illusions. Most of them are dark, weird and creepy, but there are also many of them which are funny and amusing. But they all have one thing in common – they all look fantastic!
Readers of this blog know that we are kind of obsessed with color and color perception. Here is a great example of why color can never be an exact science and has a lot do to with your brains and how they perceive color. See if you can tell (without hitting the “read more” button) how many different colors these spheres have.
Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov and makeup artist Veronica Ershova are known for some brilliant optical illusions. They have recently published their latest project titled Humiforms, which turns models into familiar objects using only makeup and simple props. Thanks to Veronica’s marvelous makeup and Alexander’s photography skills, the illusions were made entirely in-camera, and the final black and white images are truly striking.