The Day it Rained on Lowry

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  • Published on Jun 12, 2015
  • Finalist of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2015
    Michael Pickard: “The Day it Rained on Lowry”. VisuallyDirectedDesign.com (UK)
    In Lowry's Returning from Work, we see the industrial landscape and 'matchstick' figures typical of the artist, with bent figures appearing immobilised and struck down in the art of fixation.
    However, this illusion changes all that as the figures seemingly start to shuffle along!
    In reality, the characters are moving backwards and forwards and only seem to shuffle because a perceptual bias has been created that favours seeing the small forward movement. This appears much larger to the viewer who, in a way similar to how we navigate through crowds using just passing glances, unconsciously extrapolates the movement forward.

Comments • 3

  • Duncan James
    Duncan James 3 years ago +1

    The illusion here is that although the people are edited to move a little and their feet even move, they seem to keep walking on and on and on, rather than shuffling back and forth. (You see this especially is you move your eyes around during the video)

  • Miri Babayev
    Miri Babayev 4 years ago +2

    Actually if there were 2 frames (one with colour and other with white ambient - lightning), then it would be illusion. But here we see 4 frames, which 2 of them is coloured and 2 with lightning. When you see 2 frames of coloured picture, people already makes run so it's actually not an illusion

    • Tach
      Tach 4 years ago

      +Miri Babayev I know right I took 5 seconds at a slow motion over at #GoodMythicalMorning to figure that out.