Do my eyes deceive me?

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, that is a portion of the rear end of a classic 1960s American car. And No, it is not a trick shot or a montage. Difficult though it may be to believe, this is a straight image of a shop window in Bond Street, London taken a few months ago. Do enlarge it for a better view – it’s worth it.

The original RAW image is below for the best proof I have that this image is real. The main work in processing was to amend saturation levels and a curves adjustment to give a little extra punch to the car.

Whether the car was originally real or this was a clever mock-up, I’m not sure – I guess the latter. But it was an obliquely cut rear end (a wedge) protruding through the back of the shop window into the window space with one or two fashion items scattered about – hence the handbag and shoes apparently in mid air. A wing mirror or something else reflective was protruding from the car that reflected a passer by.

Surreal is perhaps the right word to describe the scene. I have written about the art of Window Dressing before (Window Dressing) but this takes the concept to a different level with hints of Magritte perhaps. Many shop windows prove difficult to photograph because the glass reflections are often impossible to deal with and as a result ruin the image.

In this case I think they add another layer of confusion presented to the viewer.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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25 Responses to Do my eyes deceive me?

  1. rigmover says:

    Great shot of a very strange display.

  2. thierryjan says:

    the effect is nice, it’s hard to understand the picture …. polarizing filter? 🙂

  3. That’s pretty wild. (And I miss those fins on old cars.)

  4. oneowner says:

    A clever photo and an even more clever window dressing. Shows a lot of fun involved.

  5. Very interesting image. It reminds me of a blended HDR bracket where there was way too much movement. 🙂 I like your treatment of the original raw. Nice!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Mark. I still haven’t quite worked out fully where the car ends and the background begins – it seems to merge seemlessly – but that I feel adds to the surreal nature of this window display and the reflections.

  6. Very cool display and very cool shot. You’re right it does look great enlarged which also helped me notice the seemingly floating shoes.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Edith. It does help to see these images up full size – I often find that with your images too – there is a definite improvement in quality and sharpness when viewed at their original uploaded size

  7. Great shot and well processed. I enjoyed getting this in an email – Cheers…. Best wishes, PC

  8. munchow says:

    I agree with you, the reflections really add layers to the picture, which reminds me of the classic window-pictures taken by Ernst Haas in New York. I love the play between what’s in the window and its reflections. And you do a good job in the post-processing. Very nice.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much for commenting, Otto. This was an image taken ‘in passing’ without any real thought at the time, but the more I looked at it back home the more intrigued I was with what I had captured. The ‘unconscious’ part of the mind was clearly active – I really liked your post on this topic. Andy.

  9. theaterwiz says:

    This is very interesting, it really does play tricks with your eyes, great capture

  10. ehpem says:

    Great shot – interesting, confusing, attractive, fascinating all apply. I especially like how you caught the passerby with face in mirror, it is a great detail.

  11. Marcie says:

    Really wonderful…and I especially love your writing around it. Your thoughts about window dressing and art!

  12. Len says:

    This is such a cool image Andy. You really have to study it to appreciate it.

  13. Deanna says:

    Awesome view you captured and love the composition:)

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