The number of girls range between two and fourteen, at least according to a general consensus.
Whether it was the debate of the black and blue or white and gold dress, or the head-scratching dog with a missing head image, our fascination with optical illusions is one that never seems to fade. And now the latest one has people scrambling to explain their theories is the photo of what seems to be many girls sitting in a row. The image was first posted on Instagram and had, what seemed to be, a long line of girls sitting next to each other with their heads turned in different directions.
Swiss photographer Tiziana Vergari may have taken and uploaded the picture in 2016 but years later, people are still finding it confusing when it comes to answering the question of how many girls are actually in the photo, reported Express UK. And this task is made even harder given the mirror in the photo.
While many have attempted guesses, the only true conclusion is a general consensus that the number of girls in the photo ranges anywhere between two and 14. With the photo going viral and being liked more than 23,000 times, Vergari had submitted the photo as part of an Instagram weekend hashtag project, captioning the image, "Same but different | My entry #whpidentity for Instagram." And it went on to be nominated before winning "Instagram Photo of the Year," according to Simplemost.
Soon enough, the picture made it's rounds on Reddit where users discussed the illusion and tried to come to a final answer. To many people, the answer seemed simple - there were two girls in the picture and because they were sitting between two mirrors, their profiles were reflected endlessly, which caused the confusion.
One user explained, "Of course there are two live girls and two mirrors, (one photographer, and a clown in the other room, that can not be seen.) And no one is going to argue the philosophical point that the question vaguely asked 'How many girls are in this picture?' Not : How many Real living girls are in the picture, and how many are reflected images? This was a test about perception. Some have argued that the '5th' girl L to R could not be the same as the first because of the eyes. It is the angles, of course."
However, another user stated that the photographer had placed two sets of identical twins to confuse the viewer. "There's four. Look closely...look closer.. Two sets of twins (or girls that look very similar) and a mirror....very nicely done photograph," said one. Another agreed saying, "I should mention the slight difference in hair from the first girl to the 4th/5th reflection. Not to mention the darkness around the eyes. Also, first has a longer face while the other has a shorter, less sharp jawline."
As much as Redditors and netizens might have had fun trying figure out the answer, the photographer confirmed that there were just two girls and that both were his daughters. Or was it all a smokescreen to keep us guessing as some might wonder at the veracity of his facts. Either way, it still a fun exercise that keeps your brain active!