Have you ever looked at an object and registered it as something completely different than the person next to you did?
Every once in a while, an image will sweep the internet, baffling everyone who sees it.
Of course, this could refer to an important piece of photo journalism. However, in this case, the picture worth a thousand words is not political in nature. Rather, it is a pair of shoes.
When friends and Twitter users Julia and Alisha posted a photo of some supposedly pink sneakers, not everyone saw pink.
In fact, the whole thing sounds very familiar. You may remember the notorious dress, known simply as “the dress,” that the internet was debating a few years back.
To many people, the dress in the image appeared to be white and gold, but in real life, the dress was black and blue, which others claimed to see in the original photo.
These sneakers are sparking similar debates.
What do you see when you look at these sneakers? I see gray and teal, but others claim to see white and pink.
The original photo was shared with Julia by her friend Alisha, who seems to know a thing or two about photography.
She explains that the lighting — and more specifically, the flash — can play tricks on our eyes when it comes to photographing colors.
In this photo of the same model sneaker, you can tell that the sneakers are most definitely not teal and gray.
To add to the confusion, different people are seeing different things when they look at the original photo.
Some people really do see pink and white instead of teal and blue.
Of course, we are all being reminded of the most infamous color-optical-illusion on the internet, “the dress.”
Last time this happened, people of course wanted to get to the bottom of what was going on.
USA Today explains that the lighting in the photograph can mess with our perception of the true colors.
American University professor Arthur Shapiro, who specializes in visual perception, told USA Today, “Individual wavelengths don’t have color — it’s how our brains interpret the wavelengths that create color,” adding, “In reality, it’s light coming off of the computer screen, and then our brain interprets it. And those interpretations can differ.”
An easy way to visualize this is by messing with the color options on a photo editor. For example, increasing the shadow can make for a completely different color perception.
After all this talk, I think I’m starting to see the pink. What do you see?
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