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Anamorphosis

Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point (or both) to reconstitute the image. The word "anamorphosis" is derived from the Greek prefix ana‑, meaning "back" or "again", and the word morphe, meaning "shape" or "form". An optical anamorphism is the visualization of a mathematical operation called an affine transformation. The process of extreme anamorphosis has been used by artists to disguise caricatures, erotic and scatological scenes, and other furtive images from a casual viewer, while revealing an undistorted image to the knowledgable spectator.

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What is anamorphic art? Realistic art that is distorted at a certain angle but can be formed again when viewing it from a distorted mirror or an unconventional location. This anamorphic art is oblique which means the image must be viewed from a very far, straight ahead location from where normal images are viewed (perspective). Picture from: www.3djoeandmax.com

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