Aahhh…photography. It can show you the truth or make you believe in a straight-up lie. It also depends on what the photographer wants to show you. A tightly framed shot with just enough detail can fool you into believing something that doesn’t exist. Too many elements stacked together can still manage to hide. Give these images a shot and see if you can really ‘see’ them.
1. A walk in the air.
A man jumps into the cool water of the Dnipro river in Kiev, Ukraine, where temperatures reached 33 degrees Celsius. A tightly cropped shot that cut the vital bits out.
2. Floating heads.
Actually, it’s just people swimming in the sea in Havana. And those floating heads are courtesy the ‘law of refraction’. Should have studied your physics.
3. Can you spot the man?
Liu Bolin, a Chinese artist, blends himself into the background in front of a shelf lined with comic books. Liu is known as “the invisible man” for using painted-on camouflage to blend into the backdrops of his photographs.
4. Little People are everywhere.
A visitor looks at a monumental sculpture by artist Robert Therrien at the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast.
5. Balls of steel.
A journalist stands in the ‘Step into the Void’ installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m), with a 1,000 metre drop below. Visitors can step out from the terrace, giving them the impression of standing in the void.
6. Don’t lose your head.
Philadelphia Phillies Ben Francisco reacts after being hit in the head with a pitch by Cincinnati Reds Logan Ondrusek during a game in the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
7. Scariest gym in the world.
Actors pose with gym equipment on what the Guinness World Records bills as the world’s largest 3D painting, at Canary Wharf in London. British artist Joe Hill’s creation measures in excess of 1120 square metres (12,000 square feet), breaking records for the longest and largest surface area 3D painting, according to Guinness.
8. A football for a head?
Timed to perfection, this one. A man controls a ball during his soccer practice in a public park on a foggy morning in Agartala, Tripura.
9. How many cars?
Japanese discipline at its finest. Nissan Motor Co vehicles are parked at the company’s factory in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. Can you count how many of them are parked here?
10. Catching a break.
German street artist Johan Lorbeer performing “Tarzan. Standing Leg Still Life Performance” at Bilbao, Spain. Lorbeer draws crowds fascinated by his gravity defying suspension in mid-air while resting his hand against a wall.
11. Who let the kids into the field?
France’s Mathieu Valbuena (R) is challenged by Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini (L) and Vincent Kompany (C) during their international friendly soccer match at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels. Valbuena is all of 5 feet 4 inches tall while both Fellaini and Kompany are a foot taller. Still the exaggerated perspective makes the former look like a child.
12. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it’s Superman. Actually, it’s a radio-controlled Superman plane, flown by designer Otto Dieffenbach, in San Diego, California, on June 27, 2013. Otto and business partner Ed Hanley are a small start-up company that create flying radio-controlled planes, designed in the form of people, characters and objects, for commercial and promotional uses.
13. Started resembling your pet?
A woman sits with a Great Dane during the first day of the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, central England. Just the right amount of depth of field and a tight telephoto makes the woman look like she has the head of a dog.
14. All about timing.
Shoppers are seen at a shopping centre in Singapore’s Orchard Road district. Shopping is a national obsession in Singapore, with the city’s usually insatiable shoppers willing to part with their cash.
15. Where’s the rest of you?
Jonathan Aubrey, 25, a visitor from Britain, stands in between “Mirrors of Invisibility” as part of a series of mirrors demonstrating various types of reflection at the Hong Kong Science Museum.
16. Needle in the sky.
Snow is piled up near the landmark Fernsehturm television tower on a sunny winter day in Berlin. At least 139 people died across Eastern Europe and Germany since the cold snap began, interrupting what had been an unusually mild European winter. Hyperfocal focusing keeps the closer snow and the distant tower sharp.
The rear end (L) and head and shoulders of Eurasier dogs Tinu and Uno (R) are seen from behind a tree as their handler (not pictured) holds onto their leads during the launch of the Crufts dog show in Green Park, central London.
18. Balloon head.
A security guard jokingly inspects the back of a self-portrait entitled “Mask II” by Australian sculptor Ron Mueck at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland.