We can’t get enough of optical illusions, which rank among the most amazing things ever.
The internet appears fixated with discussing insignificant coincidences and odd phenomena, from the famous blue-gold clothing incident to Yanny and Laurel. In addition, this most recent optical illusion has sparked a lot of debate online as people try to figure out how many women are in this one particular image.
The image was taken by Swiss photographer Tiziana Vergari and originally shared on Instagram back in 2016 as part of a weekend hashtag project.
But soon after, it started garnering attention because people couldn’t quite figure out how Vergari managed to capture such an amazingly confusing shot.
Guesses flooded in with numbers ranging from two, all the way to 14 – I mean, they can’t both possibly be right, can they?
The photograph was later shared to Reddit too, and again, social media users took a stab at trying to figure it out.
I assumed there might be four girls present if there were two sets of twins facing each other and a mirror reflecting their image. Well, I was mistaken, as were tens of thousands of other naive guessers.
In the end, the artist himself confirmed that there were only two girls in the image, both of whom were his daughters. It was claimed that the lighting and mirrors gave the image depth, giving the impression that there might be more girls present than there actually were.
Before actually winning the award, the popular image was nominated for Instagram Photo of the Year, according to Simplemost.
According to a description of the committee that chooses the winner, “there are over 600 million Instagram users, and the amount of photographs shared to the app is practically unlimited, so whittling them down is no easy feat.” “However, our nominees for the Instagram Photo of the Year are those unforgettable pictures that, once you see them, you can’t forget, since they uniquely capture the essence of the event.
Simply put, “they are the greatest.”
So it comes as no surprise that Vergari’s perplexing yet intriguing photo managed to win the prize, given all the chaos it created on the platform.