Optical Delusion

Imagine every home improvement project that incorporates a mirror to give the impression of a much bigger space.

Now imagine someone falling for that conceit. Count me in that gullible group.

For 18 years I had a giant mirror in my bathroom. Last week it had to be removed for painting. This happened while I was out of town.

When I returned and found myself in the room, I was almost dizzy with a feeling of unease. I couldn’t figure out why my master bathroom felt like a broom closet.

I fell for my own mirror trick.

The physicist Richard P. Feynman said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.”

It seems I’m naturally drawn to anything that plays visual tricks. This photograph of a window in Glendale, California is a case in point.

It’s my favorite self-delusion.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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