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Unintentional Faces in Objects


"QUANTUM SHOT" #705
Link - article by Avi Abrams




You look at them... They look right back at you! (but do they bite?)

Today we are going to explore face-like patterns in inanimate objects, and will urge you to get out and take a few pictures of your own: find a weird face in something that's not supposed to have any faces, take a picture and send it to us! Even mundane, everyday objects and often-visited places can reveal a face, if looked at a different angle...

This part of a Soviet Lunar Craft Lander (more info) looks like something out of the "Robots" movie:


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Architectural structures can reveal faces that stare at us from buildings, bridges and electric meters... let's start with the happy ones:



(top and left: original unknown, right - Dan Witz)

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(images via 1, 2)

(images via 1, 2)

Faces everywhere! Is there a room in the world without a face hidden somewhere?? -






Pareidolia phenomenon is well-known, even causing havoc in some religious circles (remember the toast with a likeness of Jesus sold on eBay for a tidy sum?). But really, it's pretty easy to find some drooping eyes and a crooked mouth just about anywhere:





If you touch some of the dials, you get the weirdest feeling that you're poking your fingers into their eyes...








(originals unknown, one image via)

Pipes! Pipes are usually hungry and mean-looking:



"Screaming" faces seem to appear more often the "smiling" ones:




Fearsome Toothsome:



This face is quite intentional, of course (located at Ghibli Museum). Such wonderful manhole lids can be often seen in Japan, where it became a kind of urban art:


(original unknown)

Dog snouts! -


(image via)

Gothic expressions and ghosts:



Very curious ones found in nature:






Snow faces are numerous and easy to find:



This cactus is not Photoshopped, according to the info we have (although hardly anything else is known about the origin of this picture):



Clothing Faces Parade:







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Kitchen Faces Parade:


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If you can't see a face, then paint a weird face somewhere... why not?

Making faces with painted fingers:



... and with painted lips:





... even with toilet paper:



Painting inside a tea cup can lead to interesting results:


(image via)

This is perhaps the most curious one... was it intentional? Let us know in the comments (I personally think that it has been enhanced in Photoshop):


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If this collection whets your appetite for locating and photographing weird faces in unexpected objects and places, then perhaps you'd like to check out this site, dedicated to this activity - Faces in Places. They constantly update with new faces, there is a book you can buy, and they have extensive archives.


(images via 1, 2)

(most images came to us uncredited - if you know original, let us know - other images are courtesy following sites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)


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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That penultimate photo is is of Machu Picchu turned on its side, and with surprisingly little photoshopping to exaggerate the mountain's profile to resemble a face.
See this photo:
http://www.machu-picchu.us/machupicchu-machu-picchu/machupicchu.jpg

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Anonymous SmartAZ said...

Images.google.com links 3 million pictures of Machu Picchu and there are only two points where those pictures can be taken. That surprised me because last time I checked there was only one. The mountains suggest several possible rearrangements.

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Anonymous Keith said...

You spelled "whets" wrong. Great post though.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, given the context whets is an acceptable spelling.

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OpenID kyon10 said...

I made a simple (really simple) comparison between both images an this is the result... is obvious the one in the post had been enhanced

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/190/machupichu.jpg/

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OpenID aidadonoso said...

A part of my artistic work is about this perception phenomenon: it´s known as "pareidolia". I create my own. You can see how I work in my blog: http://aidadonoso.wordpress.com/
Regards!
Una parte de mi trabajo artístico es sobre este fenómeno de la percepción: se le conoce como "pareidolia". Yo creo mi propia pareidolia. Podeis ver como la trabajo en mi blog: http://aidadonoso.wordpress.com/
Un saludo!

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Anonymous marean said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_%28Romania%29
An actual mountain formation that resembles a man.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding "whets"

Not only is it acceptable, it's correct. It means "to stimulate."

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Anonymous Vinny said...

Great post of faces. However I'm a little confused - are there people who think that "wets your appetite" is correct? Or am I not understanding the argument here?

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Blogger Jorge said...

I've been collecting them with Instagram:
http://www.gramfeed.com/instagram/tags#stufflookingatyou

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