Sight Reading Challenge Five: Illusion, and Week Four Winner

Submitted by Kate Meyers Emery,

Challenge Five: Illusion

Entry Period: August 22-29, 2016
Hashtag: #GEMillusion

Challenge: This is it! Our final challenge! For this Sight Reading Instagram Challenge, we want you to play with the viewers perceptions, and take photographs that create an optical illusion. A classic example is the photo taken by tourists in Italy of people around the Tower of Pisa that appear to be holding the building up. Think creatively about the scale of objects, or strategically positioning people or objects in the natural environment. Bored Panda has a few great examples of these if you need some inspiration!  

For rules and more on the challenges, visit our introductory post from the first week.

A great example of this is Lewis Hine's photograph of a man standing on the Empire Tower, giving the illusion of touching the tip of the Chrysler tower. 

Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940). Steelworker standing on beam gives illusion of touching tip of Chrysler Tower. Chrysler is 1046 ft. high, Empire is 1250, ca. 1931. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee. From the George Eastman Museum Collection: 1977.0165.0061.

Congratulations to our Sight Reading Challenge Three Winner: Instagram user Mothdanger, with their cropped photo of an umbrella. 


Thank you to everyone who submitted their photographs, and good luck next week! To see all the entries, check out #GEMcrop on Instagram!

Monday, August 22, 2016