Illusion, Light and Shadow

Illusion, Light and Shadow

What is illusion? According to Oxford Dictionary, illusion is an instance of a wrong or misinterpreted perception of a sensory experience. The first sense recorded for illusion was ‘deception, attempt to fool’. It came via Old French from Latin illudere ‘to mock, ridicule, make sport of’, from in– ‘against’ and ludere ‘play’. The prime modern sense of ‘a false idea or belief’ dates from the late 18th century.

Surprisingly there is a Best Illusion of The Year Contest.

Illusion is something trick our eyes and brains but doesn’t exist? How to use light and shadow to create illusion? And how can it apply on my idea?

Kumi Yamashita, forming a human shadow with random blocks and light from specific angle (playing with shadow)

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Agua na OCA Exhibition, Rejane Cantoni, Raquel Kogan e Leonardo Crescenti, projecting water texture on the wall with lighting (playing with lighting and mirror, reflection)


Lighting angles and effects

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Tokujin Yoshioka, Japanese artist, senses of light, making untouchable touchable (playing with light and white)

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