Clever optical illusion divides internet – so what do you see

It’s the dress all over again! Clever optical illusion divides the internet – so do you see a beach or a broken car door?

  • A picture of a broken car door which looks like a beach has gone viral on Twitter
  • Design student Muhammad Naeem, 20, from Pakistan, shared the picture online
  • It quickly racked up thousands of likes from users unable to see the car door
  • Muhammad told Femail car was outside his house when he noticed the illusion 

In 2015, the infamous ‘dress’ went viral among internet users, who could not agree on whether it was black and blue or gold and white.

And the latest optical illusion to go viral is a picture of a car door which looks confusingly like a photo of a beach.

Design student Muhammad Naeem, 20, from Pakistan, took to Twitter this week to share the picture, which quickly racked up thousands of likes among followers, many of whom just couldn’t see past the seemingly romantic ocean snap.

Sharing a picture of what appeared to be a sandy beach, a low tide and a dark blue sky, he revealed it was in fact a broken car door. 

He wrote: ‘If you can see a beach, ocean sky, rocks and stars then you are an artist. But its not a painting its lower part of the car door which needs to be repaired.’

Design student Muhammad Naeem, 20, from Pakistan, took to Twitter this week to share the picture of a car door which looks confusingly like a photo of a beach

He wrote: ‘If you can see a beach, ocean sky, rocks and stars then you are an artist. But its not a painting its lower part of the car door which needs to be repaired.’

Unable to see the car gate, one follower wrote: ‘All I see is a beach I guess I’m artistic now!’.

Another added: ‘I saw a beach and you ruined it for me. thanks for nothing!’.

Confused, one tweeted: ‘Either I’m very artistic to see the beach and sky or whoever took this picture has a very good aesthetic sense cause this picture is not ordinary!’.

Elsewhere, one wrote: ‘I really want to see the car gate but I just don’t’, while one said: ‘You can see the lower part of the car gate if you turn the image upside down…totally different perspective of it then.’

And some admitted that once they had seen the car door, they couldn’t see the beach anymore.

‘I saw a beach, but it didn’t seem right like there was something off. I looked a bit more and now I can only see the broken car door lol’, one explained. 

Confused, one tweeted: ‘Either I’m very artistic to see the beach and sky or whoever took this picture has a very good aesthetic sense cause this picture is not ordinary!’.

Another added: ‘I saw a beach and you ruined it for me. thanks for nothing!’.

Unable to see the car gate, one follower wrote: ‘All I see is a beach I guess I’m artistic now!’.

Replying to followers, Muhammad wrote: ‘Focus on dark side you will see car gate.’

 Replying to followers, Muhammad wrote: ‘Focus on dark side you will see car gate.

‘It’s a car door , the seal panel under it is damaged, the bend in the door gives illusion of a beach, the seal panel is damaged and scratched which gives illusion of water on the edge of beach’.

Speaking to Femail, Muhammad explained: ‘This car was outside my house and I was sitting next to it just taking random photos when I saw the optical illusion.

‘I was shocked at how much it looked like a beach so I took a pictures and posted it, but I didn’t realise it would gain this much popularity’. 


Back in 2015, the infamous ‘dress’ divided internet users, who simply could not agree over whether it was black and blue or gold and white – with even Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift joining in on the debate. One year later, the Adidas jacket (right) did the same

WHY DO WE SEE COLOURS DIFFERENTLY? 

Every single person is unique and as a result, our brains process information differently. Depending on how you interpret colours, one person might see it one way, while the very next person who looks at it might see it differently.

Light enters the eye and hits the retina, which is the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. 

The light is converted to an electrical signal which travels along the Optic Nerve to the Visual Cortex in the brain. The brain makes its own unique interpretation of this electrical signal.

It is not surprising that many respondents changed their mind when seeing the colour in contrast to the two blue shades, as we perceive an object’s colour based on a comparison to its surrounding shades, not on the actual colour itself.

Assessing colour vision is just one of the myriad of examinations that can be undertaken during a routine sight test. It’s possible for colour blindness to go undetected depending on severity – as it’s impossible to see the world through another person’s eyes.

Conditions such as protanomaly, deuteranomaly and tritanomaly can range from inconvenient to quite dangerous – often preventing those inflicted from pursuing certain careers. If you have any concerns about your colour perception, you should seek an appointment with a registered optometrist.

Stephen Hannan, Clinical Services Director at Optical Express 

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