Mental Floss

Forced Perspective Photography

Jill Harness

Forced perspective photography combines an unlimited focus range with an expansive landscape to create a photo that your mind interprets to be real. The effect is a Photoshop-less photo forgery. Environmental Graffiti has collected a fantastic gallery of such images, including the one above by Alexandre Duarte.

The most famous subject for forced perspective imagery is the Leaning Tower of Pisa images displaying a person holding up the tower. Of course, when you tilt the camera even a few degrees in either direction, the perspective returns to normal. The tower is so popular for this type of photo that Cabinet of Wonder created a hilarious gallery of misaligned photos of tourists in tai chi-looking positions posing to hold up the tower.