There is at least one mirror in the photo, and the number of girls ranges from two to fourteen.
Occasionally, an optical illusion will cause you to perform a double-take. Similar to the confusion surrounding the blue-gold dress, the latest internet hoax has left people scratching their heads. The image was initially published on Instagram and depicted what appeared to be a long line of girls sitting side-by-side with their heads facing different directions.
The photo was taken by Swiss photographer Tiziana Vergari and uploaded in 2016, but four years later, people cannot agree on the number of girls depicted, as reported by Express. The presence of a mirror in the image makes it even more difficult to determine the number of individuals in the photo.
The general consensus is that there are anywhere from two to fourteen girls in the picture. The photo has received over 23,000 likes and has gone viral. The photo was submitted by Tiziana Vergari as part of an Instagram weekend hashtag project, with the caption: Same but different | My Instagram entry for #whpidentity.
According to Simplemost, the photo that captured the imagination of the internet was nominated before winning “Instagram Photo of the Year.” The Shorty Awards aims to recognize the “best of social media” and clarified why the images chosen by their panel stand out from the rest.
“There are over 600 million Instagram users, and the number of images posted to the app is almost endless, so narrowing them down is no small feat. But our nominees for the Instagram Photo of the Year are those indelible images that you can’t forget once you see them, tapping into the spirit of a moment in a way others do not. They are, simply, the best,” reads a description of the shorty awards.
The image was uploaded to Reddit, where users discussed the optical illusion and attempted to estimate the number of girls depicted. Many individuals believed that two was the obvious response. They reasoned that because the two girls were seated between two mirrors, their images were continually reflected, leading to confusion.
In the image posted by Tiziana Vergari, up to 14 young women could be seen. Even the discussion was divided by the number of’real’ girls in the image versus the number of’reflections.’ “Obviously, there are two real women and two mirrors ( one photographer, and a clown in the other room, that can not be seen.)
No one will dispute the philosophical significance of the question, “How many girls are in this picture”? Not: How many Real living girls are in the picture, and how many are reflected images? Reddit members are way too smart. I am starting to feel bad. This was a test about perception. Some have argued that the “5th” girl L to R could not be the same as the first because of the eyes. It is the angles, of course,” explained u/7xlem7.
Some argued that the photographer intentionally placed two sets of identical twins to confuse the viewer, resulting in four “real” girls. “There’s four. Look closely…look closer.. Two sets of twins (or girls that look very similar) and a mirror….very nicely done photograph,” wrote DvsDominus. Another agreed with them, reasoning: “I should mention the slight difference in hair from the first girl to the 4th/5th reflection. Not to mention the darkness around the eyes. Also, first has a longer face while the other has a shorter, less sharp jawline, “stated in a nonsensical manner.
While Redditors had their own amusement attempting to determine the answer, the photographer confirmed that there were only two girls and that they were both his daughters. Now, all that remains to be determined is whether Vergari has two sets of twins, similar to Christian Bale’s twin characters in the film The Prestige, and whether they intend to pursue a career in magic.