forced perspective

noun

Definition of forced perspective

: the use of any of various techniques (as in photography or architecture) to create the optical illusion that objects or people are smaller, larger, closer, or farther away than they really are Our miniature sets were built in forced perspective to represent landscapes that reach to infinity …— Alex Funke Take a close look at Sleeping Beauty's castle and you'll start to realize that something a little strange is going on. [Walt] Disney and his team used the concept of forced perspective to design the entire park to look bigger, including the castle.— Adam Toren Hobbits appearing doll size, tourists pinching a grain-of-salt-size Eiffel Tower for Instagram, and beachgoers standing atop a body of water are all made possible by something called forced perspective, a technique that uses changes in distance and vantage point to hijack the way our minds perceive size.— Sara Kiley Watson also : an instance of this Strategic camera angles and forced perspectives were used to create the illusion that [Harold] Lloyd was hanging off a clock tower some dozen stories up. — Beth Accomando often used before another noun forced perspective tricks/techniques Tourists often take forced perspective photos of themselves appearing to hold up or lean on famous landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Eiffel Tower. Taranaki (New Zealand) Daily News

First Known Use of forced perspective

1817, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

23 Aug 2022

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“Forced perspective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forced%20perspective. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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