Simple yet Wildly Effective Illusions

How does one create an illusion without fancy editing tools? Photographer Lukasz Wierzbowski manages to produce engaging illusionary images without the use of post editing programs like Photoshop. His photos are the kind that make you do a double-take. At first, they look like cool, manufactured optical tricks. However, upon second glance, the images are clearly just clever images featuring strategically aligned models.

Wierzbowski’s illusions are the type of works that make aspiring artists think, “I wish I thought of that!” Extending a golden head of hair through a beam of light is simple in its construction, yet it requires a keen eye to discover and patience mixed with skill to capture. The Poland-based photographer’s collaboration with environment is also finely executed in a large number of his photos, whether an actual illusion is involved or not. In a number of his works outdoors, he exhibits an understanding of the surroundings and cooperates with it to yield captivating images of people interacting with or becoming part of the landscape.

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January 19, 2017

Adorable Red Panda Cub Can’t Stop Hugging Toy That Looks Just Like Her

As if Maiya—a recovering red panda cub living at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia—wasn’t already completely adorable, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 2-month-old has recently been photographed with a cuddly new companion: a same-species stuffed animal. In November, Amala, a beloved red panda at the zoo, gave birth to Maiya. At first, the little one was happy and healthy. Not long ago, however, she was traumatically injured while being carried in her mother’s mouth.

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