Like my other soap bubble pictures, this one is fantasy rather than illusion, and the only miracle going on is thanks to Photoshop. The wind turbine is in Cornwall, as far as you can go in the pointy bottom left hand corner of England without falling off the end. The bubbles start out as real ones, and see my earlier post for how I photograph those. (Also for how other photographers have done it). For more of my bubble pictures, click on soap bubble pictures in the categories list to the right.
There is a perceptual point to this bubble picture though. When you look at it, do you find that you can almost imagine what it would feel like to be the wind turbine, making this serpentine gesture? A bit as if you were about to whack a football into a goal with your head, maybe? That wouldn’t be such a surprise if this was a picture of a human being. One of the most interesting discoveries of recent years has been of “mirror neurones” in the brains of primates. These are brain circuits, associated with real movements or gestures, but which fire off without consequent movement when we merely observe someone else making a gesture. But it’s curious that we can have the same kind of experience when we see a picture of a wind turbine, merely behaving like a person.