Incredible Paintings of Vintage Photos That Are Optical Illusions

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Spanish artist Paco Pomet creates stunning oil paintings that are reproductions of vintage photographs. The works use a monochromatic palette and photo real style, which in itself is quite impressive — but Pomet adds something a little unusual into the mix that isn’t always recognizable at first glance. His strange, nostalgic illusions transform the vintage photos into something unexpected. He changes these real people and places into surreal landscapes and portraits by tweaking tiny details that go unnoticed at first. (It took us a few moments to catch the “trick” in a few of them.) Then it suddenly appears that scale has been skewed, body parts are deformed into something comical (or disturbing), and more. Click through to see more of Pomet’s incredibly detailed, well-rendered works, and see if you can spot the subtle nuances.

Image credit: Paco Pomet [Spotted via la boite verte]

Image credit: Paco Pomet

Image credit: Paco Pomet

Image credit: Paco Pomet

Image credit: Paco Pomet

Image credit: Paco Pomet

Image credit: Paco Pomet

Image credit: Paco Pomet

Image credit: Paco Pomet

Image credit: Paco Pomet

Image credit: Paco Pomet