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THIS is SCOTT WADE. Check out what he does with the dirty cars by carefully and artfully removing portions of the dirt. According to his web site, he lives real close to a dirt road in San Marcos , Texas
 

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I reckon some of the most interesting pieces of art are those that make use of OPTICAL ILLUSION. I first became interested in such when I was 7yrs old. My folks took us to Europe and after driving around all day and being patient with adults we ended up in some art gallery. As anyone who has kids knows, long ques and lofty art galleries are NOT child friendly. I was bored, restless and irritable. We ended up at “THE MASTER PIECE” that my dad so badly wanted to see. Here she is!

I was NOT impressed untill my dad told me to watch her eyes. No matter where you stand in the room , the Mona Lisa appears to be looking directly at you. And so began my fascination with this style of art.

The image above for example may initially look like two old people looking at each other. Closer inspection though reveals something altogether different. Another example of this type of illusion is featured below. At first glance, you may see a face with handle bar moustache and wild hair. Look a bit closer, you will see Don Quixote on his steed. Look even more closely and a dozen or more different faces start coming into focus.

Cool huh? Ok so now you’re getting into it! Check this one 🙂

Some illusions are not that format, but more trippy. (for want of a better word) They occur because of conflicting information between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. A good example of this is the following image.

Believe it or not, the horizontal lines are perfectly parallel. Don’t believe me? Get a ruler. It’s your brain lying to you. You like that? Hows this one?

Yep you guessed it! Nothing is actually moving, so don’t worry. You aren’t having flash backs from college days. But try count how many black dots you see in the next image.

Kinda difficult when the shit keeps moving around hey? Well, put your mind at ease. There are NO black dots. Spatial perception. lol And look at this. I really struggle with this one cause I see a spiral. But in actual fact its two cirles. And believe it or not, they are PERFECT circles and not crooked at all.

Here is an excersise you can try. In the image below, focus on the dot in the centre. Move your head closer and further away a few times.

Looks weird? Not as weird as you moving your head back and forth.

This I copied from wiki –> An optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a percept that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. There are three main types: literal optical illusions that create images that are different from the objects that make them, physiological ones that are the effects on the eyes and brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type (brightness, tilt, color, movement), and cognitive illusions where the eye and brain make unconscious inferences.

Well, I hope you enjoyed that. I will post some others at a later date, but for now I need coffee. Please feel free to comment or leave a suggestion