We all know to some level that the world has gone pretty fake on the social media websites, and with advanced technology in our range, it is pretty easy to distort reality. A twenty-five-year-old Dutch student Zilla Van Den Born proved it in an amazing way. She pretended to be on a holiday to Southeast Asia, posting pictures on Facebook and taking Skype calls with friends and family, while actually she did all this sitting on her couch at her home!
Soon after her family dropped her off at the airport, she quietly returned home and posted pictures after editing them using Photoshop. Her pictures showed her visit to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, and there were photographs of exotic food and tourist attractions too. She went to all this length to make a point: "My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality. I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media."
One absolute genius!
She used original pictures of the Asian countries her family and friends thought she was on a 'visit' to and then photoshopped them, adding her pictures to make the pictures appear realistic.
She also took pictures tropical aquariums at Amsterdam's Artis Zoo; all to prove her point.
"A picture is perhaps one of the most layered and contradictory objects that we can see around us. It represents the reality, but also falsehood. It is a fact, but also an opinion. It is technology, but also an art form.", the freelance graphic artist says.
Ms Van Den Born has now put together a book called 'Sjezus say, Zilla' – 'Oh God, Zilla' in English – compilation of her pictures before and after they were photoshopped.