I See Faces – Jul ’14

Pareidolia (noun) :  The tendency to perceive specific, often meaningful, objects or faces in random or ambiguous visual patterns.

Discerning patterns, faces, or figures is probably the most common form of the effect. In the past, it was considered to be psychotic behavior to see such things, but now accepted as normal human [and animal] perception. For our hominid ancestors, pattern recognition was essential for recognizing the familiar or foe – for instance, a saber tooth tiger peering out of the high grass.

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A singular creature's head is revealed in colorful sheets of twisted metal.
Twisted #6 [xLg]
A singular creature's head is revealed in colorful sheets of twisted metal.
Twisted #2 [xLg]
The frame on a rusting oil drum reveals a creatures sad face and 'tearful eyes'.
Drum #6 [xLg]
The frame on a rusting oil drum reveals a creature's happy face.
Drum #3 [xLg]
The frame on a rusting oil drum reveals a creature's happy face.
Drum #1 [xLg]
A poppy-like alien communicates with its kind via an emission of pollen.
Alien #1 [x
Fantasy, tree fungus pareidolia sphinx head in gnarled trunk
Alien #3 [xLg]
In yellow light, a creature is captured with fallen apples between panes of glass.
Fall Captives [Lg] Do you see the little yellow creature?

Faces, representational and fantastical

Pareidolia is hard-wired in all of us… most of us… well, certainly in me. The images below are some examples of pareidolia in my work – more obvious in some than in others. Sometimes I see an entity as I frame the shot, sometimes recognition comes later and I help the creature emerge. It may be quirky, [many don’t see it] but I like it.

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