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.
Photos by Melanie Rieders
On Harvard's campus, looks can be quite deceiving
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.
1William James Hall acts as a backdrop for reflections of Gund Hall.
2Two students are reflected off the vibrant window display of neckties at a men’s clothier on the corners of Mt. Auburn and Dunster streets.
3Students meet for a colorful afternoon snack inside the Northwest Laboratory.
4A student works with an iPad while a worker performs repairs in the basement of the Science Center.
5An image of the Malkin Athletic Center is displayed on an electronic screen in the entrance of the center itself.
6An 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.
7The 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.
8A 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.
9A University van reflects pedestrians and views of Harvard Yard on its window.
10Pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars pass through a Harvard Square shop’s windows, with views of Lehman Hall.
11The walls of Maxwell Dworkin Hall appear to merge as a man travels into the building from Pierce Hall.
12A silhouetted man works in the Northwest Building while the Museum of Comparative Zoology is seen through the glass.
13Sunlight casts dramatic shadows in the Northwest Building.
14A student waits for the shuttle at Memorial Hall as Adolphus Busch Hall is seen in its reflection.