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24 Magical and Mysterious Floating Figures [PHOTOS]

Do you believe in magic? If not, these photos might make you. Multi-media artist and designer William Hundley, based in Texas, created a photo series called “Entoptic Phenomena” where he captures images of mysterious floating sculptures made from fabric.

In reality, Hundley’s colorful floating subjects are people jumping under fabric, which are edited in the photos so all that is left are cloud-like sculptures that seem suspended in mid air. He wanted to insert into his artwork a sense of peculiarity and perplexity:

My work started with the influence of Erwin Wurm and Maurizio Cattelan, these absurdists. I love the practical-joke nature of it; if I can make humor and beautiful aesthetics come together, that’s the biggest powerhouse I can imagine.

His series is named for the term “entoptic phenomena,” which comes from the Greek words meaning “within” and “visual.” It is used to describe the phenomenon of those objects and images people see when people close their eyes and the light hits in a certain way, be they dots, spots, lines or more.

Because they originate in the eye itself, entoptic phenomena are different from optical illusions, which come from the brain. However, the phenomenon does share the important feature with optical illusions and hallucinations that the observer cannot share the view of the phenomenon with anyone else.

Hundley’s bizarre photo series of floating figures is his interpretation of the entoptic phenomenon. By capturing images of the seemingly impossible, Hundley shows people that our interpretation of the world around us is a matter of perspective. How we see the things around us is in the eye of the beholder.

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