I Can't Look At These Warped Airport Photos Without Getting Dizzy

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Relying on satellite imagery collected from the internet instead of a camera, artist Hubert Blanz created these mind-bending images of airports for his X-planation collection. I rarely get motion sick, but browsing through these images makes me want to puke.

The photos are obviously a result of clever pixel pushing in Photoshop, but the nauseating effect comes from your brain trying to wrap itself around Hubert's use of different perspectives in the same image. If he had cut and pasted runways from airport photos that were all taken from an overhead view, your brain would have no problem comprehending the final composite. But instead, he mixes images of runways that have been photographed from different angles and perspectives. Making it hard for your brain to determine which way is up.

All I can say is that it's a good thing M.C. Escher listened to his heart and pursued a career as an artist, instead of airport planning. It's already hard enough to find your gate without having to deal with a few extra dimensions. [Hubert Blanz via MyModernMet]

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Illustration for article titled I Can't Look At These Warped Airport Photos Without Getting Dizzy
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Alex Devlin

Although these don't affect me too bad. I can suffer from vertigo just by looking at a photo taken from a high enough point. There was one going around the internet a while back where someone was sitting on the roof of a high building and took a photo over the side showing their feet. Oh, god... I couldn't look at that for more than a few seconds. I can actually get vertigo by laying on the ground and looking up at a blue sky with some clouds. If I can't see any trees or buildings in my field of vision I can trick my brain into thinking I'm hanging on to stop falling into the sky. Seriously weird.