Much of Ian Vines's recent work has grown out of an interest in spatial ambiguities, double images, trompe l’oeil effects and all sorts of visual trickery. In a number of works, there is a dialogue between photographic images and actual objects, or pictorial space and real space. Photographs are also rotated or inverted, resulting in more abstract images. A series of related collages feature metal discs combined with photographs of circular forms or structures. Other works use optical devices, such as mirrors or magnifying glasses, to distort, double or reflect objects or images. The intention with all these works is to engage the spectator in the process of looking.