This optical illusion isn't as beautiful as it seems

When it comes to optical illusions, sometimes the old ones are the best. This photo slipped me by when it was first doing the rounds online a few years ago, which means I had the delight of being surprised for the first time when it recently resurfaced.

At first glance, the photo seems to show a beach scene at night with waves rolling over the sand. The little light in the scene appears to be spilling from a source behind the photographer. Perhaps a bar on the beach? The shot is slightly out of focus, a little noisy. But then that could all come with low-light photography. Or it could all be an optical illusion.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.