Dutch graphic design student, Zilla van den Born is a sneaky little so and so. She recently conducted an experiment on the power of phoney and misleading photos on social media.
For five weeks, Zilla tricked her family and friends into believing that she was on a long and exciting holiday through South East Asia. The truth is that she never set foot outside of her home city of Amsterdam.
When she did have to leave the house, she had a disguise so that nobody would recognise her.
To achieve her project, Zilla spent 42-days hidden away in her house editing pictures of her traveling around doing tons of fun stuff. The two pics below reveal her Photoshop skill and technique.
Zilla mentions that she was inspired to combine two passions together: photo manipulation and traveling, AND she wanted to prove “how easily reality gets distorted.”
We’d say she definitely did that…
Plotting her elaborate ploy, Zilla thought of adventures you’d typically expect see a tourist do, waved her Photoshop wand and then shared them on Facebook.
After pulling their legs for over a month she sent her friends and family a video revealing what she’s been up to.
“If I had the chance to do it again, I don’t think I would do it again,” she told Buzzfeed “I really underestimated the impact of the project on myself and the people around me!”
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