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Pareidolia effect what can you see in this feather photo?
Feather mirrored to find a pleasing shape.
Abstract black and white photo using a feather.
Pareidolia effect using feathers to create shape and pattern.

Pareidolia effect with feathers

This journal entry features a collection of black and white photographs of tiny baby bird feathers. I used a mirrored photograph to produce the pareidolia effect with feathers. The pareidolia effect is when you see faces, and  objects in things. Consequently, these curated artworks form part of a body of work themed the Pareidolia Effect.
Outlined below is my process for producing the Pareidolia Effect themed artworks:

Found objects: I prefer to use subject matter that I have found.

Staging: Staging the feathers is a challenge due to their delicate nature. They float with the slightest breeze.

Documenting: Taking a photograph of the feathers, generally multiple frames, and compositions.

Producing: Choosing the photograph, and producing the photograph to a black and white artwork.

Mirroring the photo: Some guess work is involved here as to which image will make the most interesting pareidolia effect.

However, success is NOT always guaranteed. As often times, the pareidolia effect in the photo isn’t evident or compelling.

What shapes do you see in this collection of imagery?

For more playful imagery using the pareidolia effect check out these collections and let your imagination run wild.
In addition, if you’re curious about the pareidolia effect and want to find out more. I suggest you visit the Live Science blog to see some famous examples.

Artist: © Tahnia Roberts 2020
Category: Photography
Style: Fine art
Subject: Exploring the pareidolia effect with baby bird feathers
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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