I have been creating simple photographic illusions, since 1994. Most all of them embrace the human form. I find the challenge of producing an image that is both deceptive and evocative inviting and fun; and, experiencing viewers’ reactions to my creations can be entertaining.
In 2015 I began to experiment with a digital camera’s built-in “reflection” effect that mirrors one half of the frame to the opposing side. This simple, kaleidoscopic effect produces symmetrical views that are very similar to Rorschach Test ink-blots; and, as I subtly rotate and position the handheld camera, the evolving geometry on the screen can trigger pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon wherein one sees familiar shapes and faces where they do not actually exist.
- Jim Baab