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Black and white photograph of a reishi mushroom mirrored to achieve a pareidolia effect.
Mushroom art, can you see faces in this artwork?
Patterns and shapes created mirroring images of a reishi mushroom.
Pareidolia example using a mushroom gathered from a park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Symmetrical patterns using a reishi mushroom.
Textured pattern and shapes created by mirroring a single photo of a mushroom.
Repeating patterns producing a pareidolia effect.
Mushroom texture photo in black and white.
Pareidolia effect, mask photo in black and white.
Reishi mushroom mirrored photo.

Pareidolia effect examples using mushrooms

The subjects I used in these artworks are mushrooms. A mixture of the reishi and common wild mushrooms harvested from the Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were used to produce these works. Through trial and error, I discovered that the cap of the reishi mushroom provided the best pareidolia effects. Whereas, the wild mushroom photograph when mirrored and repeated made a captivating otherworldly alternative universe.

Geometric patterns and shapes

In this series of imagery, I experimented with symmetry and balance. A single black and white photo is mirrored along the horizontal axis. If the arrangement of the elements on both sides of the center is interesting. I’ll further explore this with more repetition. Some of the artworks shown here are of a single photo repeated up to eight times.

Pareidolia effect

The pareidolia effect is a theme I’m exploring in my art practice, because I enjoy making geometric shapes and patterns out of randomness. Through experimentation with subjects of all matter types, I’ve found organic materials to be the most fascinating. Do you see faces in everyday objects? I’d be interested to hear what you see within the artworks included in this blog post. I see various shapes and faces that are pleasing. Yet, in some of the artworks the face shapes are spooky.

“Interestingly, many pareidolia objects not only resemble faces but also evoke specific mental or communicative content; for example, the facade of a building might appear to be staring back at you, and a bell pepper might have a happy look.”

Quote from a study published in the journal Psychological Science.

For more pareidolia effect examples these artworks might be of interest.

Artist: Tahnia Roberts ©2021
Category: Photography
Style: Fine art, abstract
Subject: Pareidolia and creativity
Medium: Digital, photo, black and white
Artist country: Malaysia

Tahnia Roberts

Author Tahnia Roberts

Tahnia is a visual storyteller who uses photography to explore, investigate and document her surroundings. An avid collector of found objects which frequently become still life compositions. Black and white photography is her preferred medium. Born and raised in New Zealand, she currently resides in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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