With attention to geometry, repetition, and round shapes, the images pictured may seem like optical illusions upon first glance, but with a “double take,” the eye will discern the scenes. The images are not double-exposed or manipulated. These layered and complex views can be found in plain sight on Harvard University’s campus.

 

1 William James Hall acts as a backdrop for reflections of Gund Hall.
2 Two students are reflected off the vibrant window display of neckties at a men’s clothier on the corners of Mt. Auburn and Dunster streets.
3 Students meet for a colorful afternoon snack inside the Northwest Laboratory.
4 A student works with an iPad while a worker performs repairs in the basement of the Science Center.
5 An image of the Malkin Athletic Center is displayed on an electronic screen in the entrance of the center itself.
6 An illusion of a grid is created through a framed poster and a side of the Science Center building. The Memorial Church steeple emerges through the chaos.
7 The Memorial Church (front), Memorial Hall, and William James Hall are seen through the blinded windows of The Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.
8 A convex glass structure distorts the view of men chatting in the basement of the Science Center as a man in a wheelchair enters the frame.
9 A University van reflects pedestrians and views of Harvard Yard on its window.
10 Pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars pass through a Harvard Square shop’s windows, with views of Lehman Hall.
11 The walls of Maxwell Dworkin Hall appear to merge as a man travels into the building from Pierce Hall.
12 A silhouetted man works in the Northwest Building while the Museum of Comparative Zoology is seen through the glass.
13 Sunlight casts dramatic shadows in the Northwest Building.
14 A student waits for the shuttle at Memorial Hall as Adolphus Busch Hall is seen in its reflection.