At first glance, you think to yourself, "what and how is this happening?" As your mind adjusts and figures out (through everything we've learned in psych) what is going on in this picture, it all starts to make sense. This man actually tricked our minds into thinking that there is a fairy, Thumbelina, or borrower on top of these letters that could not possibly be standing if they were stacked like that! As you piece the puzzle together, it all makes a little bit more sense (at this point I was so impressed I thought of this man as a genius). He used light and shade to show exactly where the letters were relative to his body. He also used linear perspective, but not in the traditional sense. He understood that our brains use depth cues to process position and size. By stretching out the top of the work and tapering it to towards the bottom of the letters, he created an extraordinary illusion. This is the point where I unfortunately realized that there in fact are no people in this world that small. By putting the woman at the top of the W, he reinforced this illusion in our brains.
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