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April 21, 2011

Planes of illusion

Filed under: Cem — Cem @ 12:10

Edit: I have changed the title from “Untitled” to “Planes of illusion” because apparently “Untitled” caused some trouble with the RSS feeds.



  1. One can spend a long time wandering around this looking for connections or visual surprises. My favourite bit is what appears as a small web of wires in soft focus near top right that looks like a C19 illustration. There is a wonderful transposition of planes in every direction with a wide range of tonal values balancing out the shapes.

    It has a very clean look both in the reality and the digital representation and the woman matches that well in her dark clothes and pose.

    Endlessly fascinating.

    Comment by zavaell — April 23, 2011 @ 06:35

  2. A veritable feast of optical confusion and mystery. I love the half women and her alignment with the pillar adds to my amusement.

    I don’t particularly mind the partial obscuring of her head in the bottom but it did occur to me that I would have tried hard to get her full head in.

    I think the mystery of how the illusions are created are probably best puzzled over, so don’t tell us how the image came about!

    Comment by Rex — April 23, 2011 @ 15:42

  3. Hi John, Rex,

    Thanks a lot for your kind comments, really appreciated. I promise I won’t tell about the illusion unless you actually want me to. John this may be a stupid question but what is a “C19 illustration” if I may ask? And Rex, I too would prefer to have her head full in the frame but I was trying to get the composition exactly right in the viewfinder and one can’t pay attention to all aspects simultaneously. By the time I saw the result in the preview, she had already moved on. But I am happy with what I got eventually.

    BTW, since the various planes and mirrors create a feeling of an illusion, it is only appropriate that she has been sawn into two halves.

    Comment by Cem — April 23, 2011 @ 23:05

  4. Sorry! C19 is shorthand for nineteenth century. The illustration side of it refers to the sort of printed pictures/diagrams that would be in Victorian publications.

    Comment by zavaell — April 24, 2011 @ 06:39

  5. I must say that once I let myself be drawn into this one I found it very difficult to get out of.

    At one point my mind, stumbling about in the confusion, clutched at what it thought was a sudden flash of insight only to be thwarted when it realised I couldn’t actually see the face it must have thought it had spotted.

    Yes enjoyed this a lot.

    Comment by cgcooke — April 26, 2011 @ 22:46

  6. Cem, a very warm welcome to Stills.

    What agreat first post. I keep working round the picture and trying to work out what goes where and how… even the focal plane is mixed up and confused – brililant – never mind the way the woman is cut up and variously refelcted. I still haven’t put that together either. So a clever and intriguing photo that I’ve enjoyed, presented with the clean look I know you do so well, and you’ve immediately added a new direction to the group.


    Comment by sojournerphoto — April 29, 2011 @ 06:26

  7. well composed and something to come back to. Something like this always makes you take a second look, where is the rest of the body? am I looking at a reflection or the real thing?

    Welcome, good work.

    Comment by rhoehne — May 8, 2011 @ 09:41

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