A few years back in my daughter’s elementary school library there hung a picture on the wall. On first glance it simply appeared to be an abstract design, but it was much more than that. It was a stereogram, sometimes called a magic eye. The librarian told me that if I stared at the picture just right, like magic, a three-dimensional image would appear. And she wasn’t saying what it would be.
She elaborated further saying that there are several methods used in order to bring the image into view. The most common was to hold your nose right up to the image and slowly back away. Imagine how stupid I must have looked trying again and again to discover the secret.
Then one day I was a bit tired and my eyes did that staring into space thing they do when I haven’t had much sleep. Voila, there in front of me was a dinosaur, seeming to jump right out of the frame. Yes I finally saw it, and thus began my fascination with stereograms.
Now, I may be an oddball (as if you didn’t already know that) but I am able to see stereograms as soon as I look at them. So I bought an app for my ipad that allows me to create my own depth maps and then create original stereograms. I am just beginning to play with it but since I can see them in seconds I am a perfect stereogram designer. So for your viewing pleasure I present my first simple…stereogram. Can you tell what it is?
Note: I believe if you have certain eye conditions like astigmatism you will not be able to see the image…sorry