Visual Metaphor

One object (or a set) can be seen as quite a different object: a phenomenon I call Visual Metaphor (but which is also related to the effects known as Pareidolia). These airport trolleys, for example, struck me as being convincingly like flamingoes.

All images are ambiguous in that incoming visual data can be interpreted in numerous different ways. In this gallery, I’ve included 100 or so examples of interpretations (objects) which can be easily reinterpreted as other objects.

For those with an interest in faces, here is an amusing Twitter feed. You might also enjoy these links.