opticality

Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader’s recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book’s truth.

optics are everything in media; packaging context and meaning in flat images. when you take a white supremacist party system and then use a black woman to represent it, you’re being fucking gross.

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That’s pretty neat. Sunset reflecting on the heat waves above the water.

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The Department of Delicious Deception should know better than to try to eat wooden food, but the work of Japanese wood sculptor Seiji Kawasaki is so awesomely realistic, we just know they’re going to take a nibble at the earliest opportunity. Just look at these croissants, so flaky and buttery:

But they aren’t flaky, buttery pastries at all. They’re blocks of wood, hand-carved to the tiniest detail and painstakingly painted by Kawasaki. Each piece takes 2-3 hours to complete, some of which aren’t simply decorative. These red peppers, for example, function as chopstick rests:

Follow Seiji Kawasaki on Facebook or Twitter for many more photos of his astonishingly realistic woodcarving.

[via My Modern Met]

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Japanese artist Chooo-san Paints Realistic, Non Photoshopped Body Art

Japanese artist known as Chooo-san paints hyperrealistic body modification art without the aid of any image editing digital software. The young Musashino Art University student creates body paintings that showcase cleverly positioned electrical and mechanical components such as buttons and switches into the human anatomy.  

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPeyetricks

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

#WHPeyetricks asked community members to create optical illusions by playing with perspective and scale in their photos and videos. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

This is not a spiral. It’s actually a series of concentric circles, but their decreasing size and the misalignment of the checkered patterns convinces your brain otherwise. Source

Trace the circles with your mouse cursor if you’re having trouble seeing it.

More examples of ‘The Fraser spiral illusion.’

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Behold the awesomeness of a Cinderella’s magical rags-turned-sparkly-ballgown in real life. This spectacular gown, illuminated by fiber optic fabric, was worn by actress Claire Danes last night at the 2016 Met Gala. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.’

Designer Zac Posen beautifully combined technology and fashion to create a magnificent dress that looks like it was just magicked into existence by a fairy godmother. Only instead of magic, the glowing gown is powered by 30 mini battery packs sewn into its understructure.

[via My Modern Met and Bored Panda]

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Hummingbirds: among the smallest but most stunning of birds

Tracy Johnson has had hummingbird feeders in her yard in California for the past 20 years and eventually got the birds used to being photographed. She has several plants in the yard that they love and uses also a handheld feeder to help her capture closeup photos.
These amazing colors many male hummingbirds demonstrate result both from pigmentation in the feathers and from prism-like cells within the top layers of feathers to impress females and serve territorial competition.

Here’s how tiny their feathers are:

all images by Tracy Johnson