I promise this wild optical illusion is a real photo

Picture of a bird appearing to be in front of two backgrounds
(Image credit: Kenichi Ohno/Future)

We've seen plenty of weird and wonderful optical illusions here at Creative Bloq, most often involving things that look like they're moving, but definitely aren't moving. But photography-based illusions are perhaps the most fascinating, since they're often the ones that look tangibly like something they're not.

Here's an example of one of the most mind-bending photo illusions we've seen for a while, which is currently going wild on Reddit with over 72k upvotes. At first glance, it looks like a photo of a bird overlaid on two different backgrounds – but this is one single image. (Looking for more inspiration? Check out the best optical illusions of all time.) 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.