When I was a little kid I used to spend a lot of time gazing at the patterns on my living room's furniture. They were simple vertical parallel lines but small irregularities within the texture of the fabric caused me to see a whole bunch of different things there. To my surprise, when I showed them to my parents, they didn't have a clue what I was talking about :D
What I was experiencing was a somewhat extreme case of pareidolia. It is "a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.
Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the Man in the Moon, the Moon rabbit, hidden messages within recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds, and hearing indistinct voices in random noise such as that produced by air conditioners or fans."
This (almost Kandinsky-like) texture I made, which you are free to use if you want, reminds me of that phenomenon and the intense childhood experience, "both wonderful and strange" - as Special Agent Dale Cooper put it ;)
Da Vinci said: "If you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms."
By the way, pareidolia can be experienced not only by humans, but by intelligent computer programs too... :)
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Uploaded: May 12, 2018