Technically speaking, optical illusions are created when we see and perceive images that differ from the objective reality. Sometimes it’s a simple sketch, sometimes is an infuriating blue and black dress. Sometimes illusions come in the form of awesome chalk art, sometimes it’s all in the way we take a photo.
These 16 illusions rely on a unique camera angle and some pretty talented artists.
Visitors pose on Argentine artist Leandro Erlich’s art installation ‘Batiment – Oi!’ in Hong Kong. Erlich creates three-dimensional optical illusions incorporating a huge mirror
A girl runs past an art installation depicting a shark at the Museum of Optical Illusions in St. Petersburg, Russia.
A visitor looks at an art installation depicting huge glasses on an opened book in St. Petersburg, Russia.
A visitor looks at an art installation depicting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissing his East German counterpart Erich Honecker, at the Museum of Optical Illusions in St. Petersburg, Russia.
A visitor say cheers with an art installation in St. Petersburg, Russia.
A man controls a ball during his soccer practice in a public park on a foggy morning in Agartala, India.
A visitor looks at a monumental sculpture by artist Robert Therrien in the newly opened Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A man jumps into the cool water of the Dnipro river in Kiev, Ukraine. The rear end and head and shoulders of Eurasier dogs Tinu and Uno are seen from behind a tree in Green Park in London, England. A couple rides an escalator with a humorously-placed advertisement at a shopping centre in Singapore’s Orchard Road district. A security guard inspects the back of a self-portrait entitled “Mask II” by Australian sculptor Ron Mueck at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. Nissan vehicles are parked at the company’s factory in Yokosuka, Japan. Jonathan Aubrey, 25, a visitor from Britain, stands in between “Mirrors of Invisibility” as part of a series of mirrors demonstrating various types of reflection at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Liu Bolin, a Chinese artist, blends himself into the background in front of a shelf lined with comic books as part of a series of performances in Caracas, Venezuela. People swim at the sea in Havana, Cuba.