We’ve been away from the internet for a while now, but finally have a slow connection here in rainy Prague. While in Pisa, however, we were able to avail ourselves of a unique opportunity. The favorite trick of the amateur photographers here is to create the “illusion” of their friend/family member “saving” the tower from falling down, like this, admittedly poor attempt:
I’ve neglected to instruct Nora on the proper angle to hold her fingers, and I should probably have held the camera lower.
But a different illusion is both easier to create and, I think, more impressive. A similar photo won Best visual illusion for 2007. All it requires is placing two identical photos of the leaning tower side by side. The tower on the right appears to be leaning further:
I built the illusion from a single photo I took myself with no Photoshop trickerations. Any guesses as to why this illusion is so effective? Let us know in the comments.