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Rorschach Abstract

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Exhibit at the National AquariumBaltimore, Maryland (January 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Exhibit at the National Aquarium
Baltimore, Maryland (January 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

I always had fun with Rorschach tests in college.  Depending on the specific test, I could generally find a dozen or more different things in them, especially if I was able to twist and turn the blots to look at them in different angles.  I find this image to be the same way.  Not all that interesting in color, but fascinating when converted to black and white, and then rotated.

Initially I see a goat or ram’s head, which then morphs further down into a weird face with hollow sockets for eyes, then transforms into insect antenna further up, then I notice upside-down legs (or maybe praying mantis arms poised to strike), before it then breaks down into a fractal abstract for me.  In looking at all the different patterns, I can easily lose myself for a good five minutes or more in the image.

What do you see?

For the curious, below is the image in color and in its proper orientation.  It is an underwater exhibit of a tidal zone with a tree root (if you look closely, you can see some tiny fish along the tree root to the lower left); the upper section of the image is the reflection off the underside of the surface of the water — this effect is natural and is not Photoshopped in any way.

Exhibit at the National AquariumBaltimore, Maryland (January 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Exhibit at the National Aquarium
Baltimore, Maryland (January 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

20 thoughts on “Rorschach Abstract

  1. Anne Mehrling

    Fascinating! I love your Rorschach treatment of this image. I first saw a waterfall in it, but that’s because I adore waterfalls. I’m surprised I didn’t see snow. When white precipitation is forecast, I can see tiny flakes in the air when the nearest storm is a hundred miles away.

    We’ve been to the National Aquarium at least twice. It would be wonderful to live close enough to make it an annual event. Thanks for sharing your visit.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thanks, Anne. It’s a really nice facility, but priced beyond affordability now. The ticket price — $39.95 for adults — is exorbitant for what is offered, and then they try to fleece you even more with their food court, 4-D movie theater, gift shop, special tours, and the like.

      If you decide to go there anytime soon, buy your tickets from a AAA store, where they offer a $5 discount. That’s the only place where I could locate tickets for less than full-freight.

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  2. Lekha murali

    Looks like a hungry young monster, with that open cavernous mouth open waiting for its mother to bring food. It even has one of those crib toy, hanging above its head.

    The black and white image is just stunning, with reality and reflection blended seamlessly.

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  3. GeorgieMoon

    It took me a while to see the original image, but eventually understood it. It looks amazing in black and white, and turned round. I was fascinated by Rorschach blots too, when I studied psychology. I think it takes a creative and intelligent mind to interpret the blots!

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