Before I start, a warning. There’s an image in this post that has a strobing effect, which may cause problems if you are sensitive to this kind of thing.

Bit of a quiet day today, so a little change from my normal thoughts. I like to look at those ‘magic eye’ pictures from time to time – the ones where another image leaps out from behind the picture when your focus is just right. Some of them take a while for me to tune into them, and others I can see the image as soon as I start to relax my eyes. I like the way how the pictures become three-dimensional, and sometimes I am able to look behind, or underneath, the image that is hidden within the picture. I don’t mind admitting that it is an odd feeling as soon as I get to see the image, odd but good at the same time.

Here are some Magic Eye pictures I have gathered from around the interweb. You have probably seen these before, but if not, look at the image and relax your vision. You may have to adjust your focus slightly so you are focussed just beyond the image, or in front of it. You will know when your focus is right, as you will be seeing the image in a slightly different way:

With this cube picture, there are two squares just above it. When you can see three squares, the cubes will also have more depth!

And this one is just strange. Pulsing in fact. You don’t even need to do anything with your focus to see this effect.

One thing these pictures highlight is the fact that there is more than one way to view the complete picture! Sometimes, we have to look beyond what we are seeing, or what we think we know, in order to receive the complete picture. We sometimes have to fill in the blanks not with our eyes, but with our minds.

Other times, we just need to take in what we are seeing as is. And then, even just by seeing what is, we still get questions. Is the person in this famous portrait smiling? Use the same focusing technique as before while looking at the portrait, and you will see that her smile alters.

There’s a phrase ‘seeing is believing’. For most of the time, that’s right. On occasions though, do we see what we see, or do we see what we think we see?


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