“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” as quoted by Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher (1898-1972). As the go-to illustrator for mathematicians and scientists during the past century, they sought to illustrate their books with the artist’s profusely detailed drawings of insects, landscapes, plants and visual studies exploring the ideas of impossibility. In the images below, still life photographer Josh Caudwell parallels the artist’s path with his own paradoxical visual artistry. The series pairs captivating shapes with water rippling tranquilly and plays with forms and illusion to create impossible shapes. —Set designer Zena May Hendrick, Thanks to Frank Agency.