In the famous movie Peter Pan, Peter loses his shadow. This sweet scene in the movie reminds us of how much shadows can be playful and fascinating, all while playing cool tricks on our minds.
Shadows are all around us every day. Every time an animal, person or objects gets in the way of light, there is a shadow cast on the ground or the surrounding area. Sometimes shadows can be creepy like in horror movies as something lurks around us and approaches us with fear. In our daily life, these shadows are harmless, and we usually don’t even take notice to them. We sometimes joke around with shadows and make shadows animals with our hands.
Sometimes the perfect moment makes for an odd shape of a shadow that looks completely different from the object it is “shadowing.” This can make for an illusion of sorts that once you notice it, it is quite captivating. These shadows play tricks on our minds and make for very cool photos captured by people at the exact moment that it made a cool shape.
Shadows can show us fun things that don’t exist. Take this, for example. A sweet young giraffe is standing around, and the shadow looks just like a majestic unicorn. How is fun that? Of course, we all know that these creatures don’t exist but thanks to the great photo we get a little glimpse into unicorns in real life.
The shadow looks so much like a mythical unicorn we had to take a second look at this photo to make sure we weren’t imagining. But indeed the little giraffe’s shadow is casting a unicorn shape, and it is quite magical.
This is just another bridge, but the shadow makes it extra special. With the sun brightly shining through the railing at the perfect angle, we get an image of a long piano lining the path of the bridge. The shape on the ground is showing off all the keys one needs to belt out a tune.
The railing and its shape is the perfect replica of piano keys. If we were walking around, we would start bopping around jumping on the keys just like that fabulous scene from the movie ‘Big’ with Tom Hanks. In the movie, Tom jumps around on a floor piano playing classical tunes for people in the giant New York toy store.
Ships And Skylines
This ship has many crates stacked on it, and the shapes are all at different heights, making for a remarkable image of a city skyline. As the ship glides through the water, the city is gliding with it as well. The shadow can only be seen from above, and this photo gives us the perfect angle to spot the cool shape.
The sun is creating this “skyline” from the stacks of cargos on the ship, and although it doesn’t resemble a specific city skyline we are familiar with it still is unique. The image, combined with the colors of all the boxes makes for a remarkable image we enjoy to look at.
The shadow in this photo looks like a rock band of four players standing with their hands up and instruments. We can hear the crowd cheering them on at the concert. But this shadow doesn’t belong to any rock band or people. It is clothespins on a clothesline spaced out in the right position.
The light is shining in the right way to make the illusion of four rockers standing in line on stage with their arms raised. This shadow is fun and is so random that the person who captured it deserves an applaud. We can imagine these little figures dancing on stage like true rockers.
Bird’s Eye View
This picture has an unusual shadow but also an inspirational message. There is a bird on the ground, but she shadow shows the bird spreading its wings wide and soaring through the sky. This shadow is created by another bird who is flying above the ground. The shadow is placed perfectly right below the bird on the ground.
The inspirational message is to “dream big.” You may be a little bird on the ground, but inside you can feel like you are soaring through the sky. The photo is an example of taking the right shot at the perfect moment to capture this illusion. Nothing can stop you little bird, dream on!
The world is usually divided into cat lovers and dog lovers. Dogs are very different than cats, so there is no way to mix them up. This puppy was jumping around out in the sun as his owner was taking photos, and his shadow cast the most iconic shape. The shadow looks like a little cat standing beside the pup.
The way his head is placed makes for the unique shape. If this dog were to see the shadow, he could think there is a cat behind him. Just like dogs like chasing their tails, they don’t understand what shadows are and like to chase them around as well. So this could have frightened him.
If there were no image of the man and woman walking past each other and just looked at the shadow on the wall, we would be convinced a couple is standing and kissing on the street. However, it is just two people who don’t know each other walking past one another on the street.
No romance here just a good old trick of shadow illusions. The shadows make for a very intimate moment that is far fetched from reality. The distance is perfect for a smooch, although in reality, they are far from each other. Good chances they didn’t even notice the photographer taking this photo of their fateful shadow kiss.
Tiny Leaf Dragon
Fantasy lover’s take a look, this one is for you! This leaf laying on the ground makes a perfect image of a dragon with its shadow. The leaf looks like a fiery fiesty dragon with the wings, the long neck, and tail.
We would never think that the shape of the leaf would cast a fascinating shadow like this one. The simplest and smallest things can make for a very fun shadow to look at. And once again a person passing by was quick enough to take a photo of the event before the little leaf blew away and the dragon flew away.
In the middle of the highway, there are mountains, or so it seems like that from this strange photo. The dirt smudges on the car windshield are casting a mountain view shadow inside of the vehicle, and for a second we thought we were traveling in Europe somewhere or in the Rocky mountains.
The shadow looks pretty miraculous, and it is hard to believe a bunch of dirt caused for this beautiful shadow. You can see peaks and valleys, everything there is out there in nature. How great that a little dirt can make a gorgeous mural with a little help from the sun.
Spell It Out
People believe that shadows can be a great way to convey messages. Look at this crazy shadow. It is spelled out DOG on top of the dog. Something on the wind is causing for the eye trick, and the sun is helping it. Just in case you forgot what this animal is, the universe is spelling it out for you loud and clear.
It isn’t clear from the photo what is casting this unusual shadow. Perhaps something glued to the window, or something passing by outside. This dog could not have chosen a better place to take a little doggy nap.
Terror and Monsters
The bullhead is placed on the wall for the decor. We’re sure the intent of the homeowner was not to cause a scare for the guests, but the lights and the angles of the room make for a horrifying image. The shadow makes this bullhead look like a full-on monster. Yikes.
There must some person standing in the room with their arms spread wide and making this strange illusion. If we were staying in that house all alone and someone would try to trick us with this sight, we would run very fast and get out as soon as possible.
Looking at this photo the first time it just looks like a photo of a man wearing fishnet stockings, but it is just a shadow cast on his legs. The table he is sitting at has holes and with the sun shining through the table makes for a pattern that resembles fishnet stockings.
If he were wearing fishnets, it would be a very odd fashion statement with his flip flops. So we are glad this is just a shadow illusion and not a real outfit for this dude. He was lounging around outside, soaking up the sun when he saw the shadow and luckily snapped a picture for us to see.
As the light goes through different substances and texture, it creates different shadows with colors and shapes. For whatever reason, this clear pen with its specific shape and texture is casting a shadow that looks exactly like a water bottle. Even the color is right as the clear plastic with the blue ink makes for a blue tint of shadow.
The shape is exactly right to the bottle cap and everything. The shadow is very convincing, and someone might go and grab the bottle as if it were on the table in reality. But don’t be fooled; it is just a shadow.
People on the road aren’t always so nice to each other. The honking, the cursing it can get a little tense. On this road, it seems the truck unknowingly is trying to send a sweet message to those drivers behind him. The sun is making a shadow with the shape of the truck that is a greeting of “Hi.”
The metal bars on the truck bed are full of cargo, and the mixture of shapes is making for the sweet message of a shadow. This is a coincidence of course, but it makes us smile and gives us hope that one day the roads will be a little more pleasant to drive on.
This one got us going bonkers. What what? Aren’t those shoes floating mid-air? Nope. That is just the shadow on the ground. The way they are placed is making for a confusing shadow that makes us believe these shoes can somehow levitate in the air.
As we continue staring at this picture, it becomes more mind-blowing. Our eyes can play some complicated tricks on our minds. It looks like a magic trick we would see on television. What is this sorcery of shadows?
This man was walking with his dog on the beach and had no clue that his shadow is making a hybrid creature never before seen. It looks like a mysterious dog-man creature and is quite creepy. How cool is it that shadows can do this magic?
The shadow shows us a creature with a torso of a human male and the body of a dog, tail, and all. It is something we would expect to see from a fantasy movie like Harry Potter, not walking around on the beach.
We Serve Pizza Here
If this cool shadow were somewhere else, it wouldn’t be so interesting. Considering it is placed right under the sign of the pizza shop, it makes this perfectly timed and placed. It is not a huge slice of pizza; it is just the road sign nearby.
It is as if the road sign is helping the pizza shop owner with selling some pizzas. “Get your pizza here,”! Staring at this for too long makes us crave a slice, and we are sure if we walked past it on the street we’d hop in and grab a slice to eat.
The Dark Side
The sun in this photo is diving the picture into two separate worlds. The pole in the middle is splitting it to two perfect halves. One light and bright and one dark and eery.
The shadow is massive and most likely made by some sort of tall building nearby. Another example of just the perfect angle at the right time. The people walking by can feel like they are “crossing” between worlds. Join the dark side…or not?
Ready For Lunch
Cats are often recreated in shadows by other objects. This bag of cat food has transformed itself into a sitting cat who looks like he is quietly and patiently waiting for a bowl of lunch to be given to him by his owner.
The cat is sitting with its head perked up just a bit, and his little cat ears are very visible. A cat is living in this house, hence the food, but the cat isn’t anywhere near where this photo was taken. Strange…
This picture is quite entertaining, although it could scare people who are terrified of spiders. The lampshade is casting a shadow of what looks like a dancing and smiling spider inside of it. It is just the lightbulb and wires inside the shade, but it sure looks alive.
If someone has a fear of spiders seeing this type of shadow in their home could be quite frightening. It reminds us of something from a Tim Burton film. Like the “Nightmare Before Christmas” style, a creepy cartoon vibe.
The sun coming through the window into this room is creating the perfect shape of a speech bubble. A noteworthy shape, indeed! The light is coming from a window nearby, and everyone in the room thought their phones went off once it appeared.
A jokester could have gotten a marker and inserted a message inside, but that could cause trouble of ruining public property. The shape is quite interesting and random as it resembles a brand new message.
Who Let The Dog Out?
This cameraman is adjusting his camera and getting ready to film a sporting event, but somehow the way he is standing and placing his tripod is creating the silhouette of a dog behind him. From afar we would believe a dog is walking around there. It is something with the brim of his baseball cap that is making the shape of the snout.
This isn’t just any dog; it is almost a replica of a labrador. The shadow is stealing the show in this photo as it doesn’t look like anything else but a dog. It is crazy to think that this type of shadow illusions happens randomly without intention.
Batman Is That You?
This person was getting gas for their car and placed the tank cap on top of their car. They witnessed this heroic image. It is none other than batman just hanging out on this person’s car. The sun and the shadow of the cover make for the perfect superhero shadow.
You can see everything about Batman’s popular figure here. The cape, the mask with the ears it is all there. We are impressed that the car owner spotted this little illusion just as he getting gas because seconds later it would be gone.
For this magical shadow illusion, we can thank the woman, her skirt, the sun, and the wind. All those factors are what caused for this majestic shadow illusion of a unicorn on the ground. It looks quite believable with the mane blowing in the breeze and all.
The wind is blowing the fabric of her skirt in the exact shape of a unicorn on the ground. The skirt isn’t opaque so the light can shine through it and that also helps to make this intricate shape of a unicorn.
Big Bad Wolf
This shadow is bonkers. On the one hand, you have a cute, harmless dog, and on the hand, its shadow looks like a terrifying wolf that is going to eat us all. If we were only to see the shadow, we would run thinking a big bad wolf is going to attack us.
The way the legs are shaped long and scary, also the teeth it is all out of a horror movie. This monstrous creature is not real and only a trick of the light and shadows. Thank god.
Bathroom Pop Star
People brush their teeth twice a day, and most of the time the toothbrushes just lay there in the cup on the sink counter without looking interesting. This person’s toothbrushes are a little different. You see they like sing songs and make cute shadow illusions.
Somehow the toothbrush and the toothpick brush have created an illusion that looks like a man holding a microphone and belting his heart out in song. We wonder what he would be singing if it was a real singer?
Duck Or Fish?
Nope, we are not asking you to choose an entree at dinner; it is just a strange hybrid shadow illusion again. The little duck is swimming around in the lake, and his beak and body are making the perfect shadow of a fish, perhaps even a chubby mini shark.
Seeing a fish is very fitting in a body of water but as you can see the duck is pretty much all by himself and there is no fish in the water surrounding him, just lights and shadows.
The different lights in the room and the window being open are causing us to be convinced an actual cat is sitting in the room even though there is not. Something, on the other side, is causing this crazy animal illusion.
It is compelling that there is a cat in the room. It seems cats like to appear all over the place even when they don’t belong in a situation. Their shadows are stronger than all of us.
Leaving the toilet roll empty for the next person can be very annoying, but this person found a cool little illusion instead of getting angry. He was about to scream at his roommates for not changing the roll, but as he looked over, he caught this shadow. The shadow was in the shape of a bird.
You can see the bird’s peck and wings, and it looks like it is sitting on some branch about to fly high in the sky.
Shadows Are Fun
This picture isn’t just a random shadow caught on film, but a staged photo. It is still entertaining as this woman, and her friend is playing around with a wall that casts HUGE shadows. The woman is making us believe she is hanging on to her friend’s giant finger.
She just jumped upright as her friend held out their hand, and the picture looks like something authentic. There is a need for camera skills and jumping skills to achieve this perfect shot, so good for them.
Dalmations are exciting dogs. With their unique spots, no dog looks the same. Their classic black and white pattern is beloved by many, but did you know it also makes for the coolest shadow ever?
This picture is a great example of how darks and lights are affected by the shadows made by the sun. The black spots are not showing up dark on the shadow, and the white fur is showing up the dark. Intriguing indeed.
Lamps Aren’t Scary
Lamps are usually not scary at all, but the shadow, in this case, has turned this street lamp into a nightmare. There is a face in that lamp shadow, a face with eyes, and a mouth. And it looks angry. The skull-looking shape is smirking at us in an eery way.
When they installed these lights in the street, they had no idea that it would cause for such a shape. There was never any intention to make anyone feel afraid because of street lights. The lights are supposed to keep us safe.
When pure light is held up against a wall, it will not cast a shadow. That can be seen here as this person is holding up a match. The shape of the match can be seen perfectly on the wall, but the light of the fire is nowhere to be seen as if the match isn’t lit.
The smallest flame can bring light to a room, but the light cannot be seen in the form a shadow. Try it at home and see for yourself. The objects around the light will make a shadow but not the light source itself.
This graffiti was strategically placed by the artist, who knew the sunlight hits that spot on the wall. When standing in front of it, you can imagine that the spaceship is casting light down below and taking everything beneath it.
Do you believe in aliens? Because this little kid seems to intrigued by the space graffiti and who knows maybe he’s convinced it is real and just a play of shadows and lights.