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A Look At Anamorphosis

The manipulation of light has always been something that fascinated and intrigued humans.

Some of our greatest advancements have been fuelled by this science, such as the telescope, the mirror, fibreoptic cables, and the infamous laser pointer.

The telescope advanced warfare, as well as navigation and communication over distance.

The mirror holds a place amongst some of the chief mechanisms in early communication technologies.

Fibreoptic cables are able to reflect light to process information at an incredible rate compared to traditional electronic signals.

And the laser pointer? Cats love them.


Either way, It was only natural for people to recognise that positioning certain items around specular objects would produce an interesting image.

One of the most recognisable phenomena would be the Funhouse mirror. Reflecting light on a curved plane allows the reflected image to be distorted, much to the delight of people who can chuckle at their reflective form.

Other examples can be seen in the famous recruitment posted for the Second World War where a politician's finger would seem to follow the viewer as they passed, claiming that their country needed them.




The most modern examples are usually in street art. A painting of a woman sat on a bench, that was only viewable from a certain angle was a common example before being destroyed.

Though, this art form is technically used in road planning. Cheverons painted onto the road can be seen effectively at the correct distance, but are unreliable at others.


All of these examples rely on reflection and positioning, which makes them examples of Anamorphosis. There are others, however, but the exact definition of this art form is debated due to the changing and adapting view of light properties.

Due to this, there will be changes in the future, and no written factor will be able to able to reliably demonstrate this art form.

But isn't that what makes art so fascinating?