Fractals of the Midweek: Pareidolia Fest I

Pareidolia…The natural tendency for human beings to see meaningful patterns in random data — where no such patterns nor meaning actually exists — just by virtue of humans being what we are. We learn through noting and recognizing patterns. For example, it is advantageous for us to recognize faces, especially human ones. Sometimes we make false positives — picking out these faces in ambiguous visual stimuli….

…and we are are particularly likely to see them in the oddest places; clouds, tortillas, engravings on coins, product logos, in television static; and that’s just visual pareidolia.

There are other sorts as well, such as seemingly picking out snatches of speech from recordings played backward, or voices from random radio static, so-called electronic voice phenomenon, or EVP. Those would be audio pareidolia.

So it also is with art, and so here I present a set of images from my collection that have evoked in others and myself the seeing of faces, and other, stranger sorts of things, that can be seen in fractals as with any visual or other sensory medium…

All images in this post are original works by the author, and are copyright 2012 Troy Loy

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