The optical illusion of a man taking a photo at sunset leaves viewers divided

ByDavid M. Conte

Mar 30, 2022

A TRICKY optical illusion of a man taking a picture at sunset has left viewers divided over which direction he is facing.

The image, posted on Reddit, shows the silhouette of the man holding a camera in the distance as if trying to capture a sunset.


Which direction is the man facing when taking a photo?Credit: reddit

At first glance, it looks like he’s head-on, but on closer inspection, the man appears to have his back to the viewers.

The post is captioned: “Is he facing out or towards the camera?”

The illusion has divided opinion on the content-sharing platform, with an audience able to see both possibilities.

One person wrote: “Wow this is really good. I can swap it back and forth and still can’t quite decide which one is correct.”

Another was sure they got it, commenting: ‘I saw towards the first but once I saw away I can’t see it anymore. The cheekbones gave it away.’

Someone else agreed, saying: “Definitely far. It’s a bit more obvious than looking at him, but you only have to see the other people to assume he’s obviously looking the same as them and they face.”

Another said: “He’s looking straight into his camera, assuming he’s using a camera and not a phone.”

The photo left another viewer puzzled, admitting, “I can’t tell the camera is in his hand and silhouetted.”

One person joked, “He faces both ways at the same time.”

It comes after another optical illusion left viewers scratching their heads trying to figure it out.

A clip appears to show a red box being held up, but viewers were left baffled by the time it ended.

Another trippy optical illusion depicting a cat could reveal more about your true personality, according to a test.

The illusion asks viewers to look at the direction the animal is moving and pretends it is saying something important about you.

In another stunning optical illusion, a video of a black and white horse on a black background shows the animal walking to upbeat music.

But which way does the horse walk – forwards or backwards?