THE PORTRAIT OF KING LION
A couple of days ago, Google celebrated the 129th anniversary of Hermann Rorschach’s birth with a special Google Doodle. Dr. Rorschach was a Swiss psychologist famous for creating the inkblot test, which asks people to analyze abstract inkblots. The Rorschach test is a psychological test in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Although controversial, the Rorschach test is still used by shrinks worldwide.
Sometimes, strange forms are well hidden in a formless picture. This is the case of the Portrait of King Lion, that was embedded in a photograph of an old, now deserted, stone quarry. The portrait reveals magically simply by rotating the picture bellow by 90 degrees to the left. Nice, isn’t it? Hereinafter, the original picture of the Racos quarry, located in Transylvania, Romania, not far from the city of Brasov. As you will see, just a soft warm tone and a bit of contrast have been applied to the scan of the original negative. The photograph was taken on film.
For those of you that have certain difficulties to see the lion in the picture, please take a look at the next photo, of a lion sculpture, from the garden of Peles Castle, the residence of the Romanian Royal family.
KING LION at the Peles Castle, Sinaia, Romania
The unaltered picture of the Racos quarry.
The lion is there.