If you follow this blog, you probably already know that.
But I wanted to talk about a very specific kind of weirdness I have.
I see faces.
I don’t mean ghosts. I just mean, I see faces in things where they’re not intended to be. Like this souvlaki dinner.
Okay, that was a pretty obvious one, but I wanted to be able to get my point across. Because usually the faces I see are a little more hidden. Like this grumpy cloud face.
Don’t see it?
How about now?
Apparently this ability to see faces in things is called pareidolia.
I always assumed everyone saw these things, but apparently not. As proven by the not insignificant amount of time I’ve spent trying to explain the faces I’m seeing to my husband. “Those two things at the top are eyes, and that big thing at the bottom is a mouth…” And he still only sees them about half the time.
For the past few years I’ve been taking photos of the best faces I see (that souvlaki meal is from ten years ago), although I never quite knew why.
For the past little while my husband has been suggesting I do something with the photos, but I was never sure what. After all, there are already a bunch of photoblogs and Instagram feeds run by fellow pareidoliacs (is that a word? I’m saying it’s a word) like Faces in Places and I See Faces.
He kept insisting I should take my photos and add to them. Draw on them to make the faces more obvious (like I did with the cloud photo above). But…drawing, especially on the computer, is not my strong suit. My artistic abilities lean more toward writing and cake decorating.
The idea never really left me.
And then, finally, in December, it started to blossom into something. A blog that’s light on art and heavy on puns, with a sprinkling of parody for flavour. And so, at the start of January I launched (de)Face It (Get it, because I deface the photos…of faces?)
So, if you’re bored, or wondering just exactly how weird my sense of humour really is, I hope you’ll head on over to check it out.
It’s been a really fun creative outlet to help me get my mind off the world burning (or should I say coughing?) And I hope maybe it’ll bring a little laughter to the world.