And in this case, we’re not just speaking about any regular museum trip, but rather a really incredible trip where your mind explodes and cannot reconcile what is happening. And no better place for this kind of “trip” is the Musée de la Gaspésie in Quebec.
In this photo, we see one of the many features of this museum trip – a man seemingly standing nonchalantly on the cars beneath his feet, which appear to have been crushed under this weight. While we know this is the museum’s artwork on the floor, we must admit – it is some trip.
The Sinking House on Montmartre Hill
Did you know France has its very own Leaning Tower of Pisa? Okay, admittedly, it is not a tower but a house. And it's obviously not in Pisa either. But it is pretty cool and still draws tons of tourists. It is called The Sinking House on Montmartre Hill.
The only thing is that it is not sinking, but rather it is the perception people have of it from the nearby hill. Walk about 50m up the road, and the Sinking house becomes a normal straight-looking house. Tourists still come for the unusual angle that the hill nearby gives them of this Parisian house.
What About the Gravity of This Situation?
It might seem like we’re being sarcastic here, but we really – and quite literally – want to know about the gravity of this situation. Is this some special place on Earth where gravity just won’t go? Was this bridge designed by some mastermind architect who can bend reality to his will? Is this the filming set of "Inception"?
What on earth is going on here? Truly, we know some trick photography brought this image about, we just don’t see the trick. Maybe, we have to finally admit to ourselves that our brains have been overloaded by the genius of this photograph.
The Archetypal Illusion
Everyone knows the classic illusion where if you look first, you see a young woman, and if you look again, you might see an old woman or a witch. Well, this one works the first way, proving that when there are lines involved, they do not always add up to one image. It also means that the brain just loves an illusion.
And this photo is not an exception. We see a portrait of a lady, but at the same time, we see a forlorn-looking young woman. All on its own, the brain can make itself second-guess reality. How famously brilliant.
The Perfect Moment
And we’re not speaking about the moment where you get to sit down, relax, and sip on an iced coffee – although that is the perfect moment. What we are talking about here is the photographer capturing the perfect moment at the perfect angle, where the man appears to be drinking from the iced coffee but is not.
Yeah, that’s true – he’s not. He is just sitting and calmly staring at the photographer. To be drinking while sitting so far back from the table, he would need one heck of a straw. It just goes to show sometimes, something in the hands of the right photographer cannot only tell 1000 words but 1000 more.