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Hoaxes, Mind Boggles and Controversey courtesy of Adobe Photoshop

17/03/2009

Like so many others I am impressed by images and manipulations which blur our perspective on realism. Using simple photoshop skills you can make all sorts of weird and wonderful creations. For example I may take two identical photos, splice them together and have two of myself in the one picture. Impossible? According to the laws of science it is impossible for me to be in any two places at the one time. Photo manipulation ignores this, and allows me to produce what’s seen below..

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Has there ever been a human born with two heads? We’ve all heard of Siamese twins, we’ve heard of limbless new borns, we’ve heard of dwarfism, you name it! I’m sure a man with two torso’s must have come up at some point?!

"Life is tough, but working together makes my (our life possible)"

"Life is tough, but working together makes my (our) life possible"

Okay so you’ve seen a few of my “Kill some time make a crazy looking photo” photos, however there have been photographic hoaxes used to a much greater extent that have created enormous speculation around the world. Below is a photograph of a man standing on top of one of the twin towers on the date of 9/11 in his “seemingly” final moments. It seems to capture everything, the plane was skillfully cropped and placed in the photo. The photo even shows the correct actual flight path of the plane as it veers left of the River.

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However as one would imagine, questions started to arise. “How on earth could the camera have survived the destruction?” “How could the man or the camera man not hear the plane approaching”?

Eventually the creater of the image came forward and claimed the image as a hoax, and was originally created and sent to a friend as a joke. Amazingly this “joke” aka photoshop hoax became a widely speculated emotional touch stone for those who suffered from the aftermath of 9/11.

This tourist in the beanie not only showed up on the top of the world trade center, he started popping up everywhere!

That "unlucky tourist" also featured in the blockbuster hit "Speed"

That "unlucky tourist" also featured in the blockbuster hit "Speed"

He also witnessed JFK's assaination

He also witnessed JFK's assaination

By god he's even been in his final moments twice, this time in the hands of a roaring godzilla!

By god he's even been in his final moments twice, this time in the hands of a roaring godzilla!

After the image was recognised as being a hoax, immidiately parodies started arising! People just wanted to be creative in taking a widely speculated image and editiing it further to add further element of humor. This idea of mass circulation of virals to get recognition over the world wide web has also become a huge online business.

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