These Pictures of People with Half-Faced Illusions Are Twisting My Brain

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This photography illusion, made with a Samsung L100 camera and Photoshop, turns half of a person's face into a picture of their profile too. Are they looking straight at you? Or looking to the side? I can't freaking tell and it's giving me brain sores.

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The project, titled 1/2, was created by Venezuelan student Jesús González Rodríguez. He tweaked layers in Photoshop to create a mind trip of a photography series. Sometimes when I look hard enough, I convince myself that it's a profile picture. Then I blink and re-focus and it turns into half a face. WHAT IS GOING ON. I can't think about it anymore BUT I CAN'T LOOK AWAY. [Jesús González Rodríguez's Flickr via My Modern Met]

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DISCUSSION

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Upon closer inspection, I see that in each case, only one facial feature is profile, and the rest are front-facing (in order of the pics in the gallery from first to last, the profile features are: eye, mouth, and hair). Then the front-facing image (which I assume is the base) is cut out into the shape of the person's profile, aligning prominent features like the nose. Your brain sees the shape of a profile, and at least one facial feature of it, and says, "Hey, profile!". Then it sees the other facial features and says, "Wait, what? No profile?"

This explanation brought to you by The Observant Photoshopist.