Saturday, May 14, 2011


Another photo from my trip to Harry Potter Land over winter break. This one is of Hogwarts castle. This castle is what they call a "Trompe L'oeil," which is French for "fool the eye" because it is not actually life size. Trompe L'oeil is usually a painting technique but its basic intent is to create an optical illusion, which is what happens with this castle. It is constructed to seem life size when viewed from certain vantage points and they did a great job. The illusion is only broken when you see it from a few close angles which are only accessible if you are waiting in line for the brand new ride housed inside the castle. I think this photo is very interesting for it's lower quality, which makes it more magical looking.

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