Optical Illusion of Two “Different” Photos Are Actually Exactly the Same


Reddit loves a good optical illusion, and the newest trick for your eyes stems from a seemingly simple photograph (taken by Daniel Picon) of a truck driving down a road. We're looking at what appears to be two images of the same road taken from different angles. But, in reality, this is actually a case of the same photograph placed side by side.

Can't believe that these roads are parallel? The simple way to see that the images are the same is to hold your hand over the photos, covering up everything below where the curb ends. In doing so, you'll see that the truck on the right isn't speeding along on a collision course into the left image, but that they are identical. The more you move your hand down to reveal the space at the bottom of the photo where the curb ends, the more the road on the right appears to angle into the image on the left.

But if that still doesn't work for you, here's some proof pulled together by a helpful Imgur user. By separating the images, and stacking one on top of the other, it's much easier to see that what we're looking at is identical.


Still not convinced? This motion graphic demonstrates that the photographs overlay perfectly.


So what is it that causes this optical illusion? The explanation isn't completely clear, but Redditors have some theories.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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