Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Photoshop zindabad! Frankenstorm Sandy sends Photojournalism to a digital death

Fake photos are not just the preserve of war zones. Frankenstorm Sandy  is filling cyberspace with its  own not so fair share of  'shopped' photos.  Photoshop zindabad ! Photojournalism is heading  for a  sure, photoshopped, digital death.

If you are following real-time images of  Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy on sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, don't believe everything you see.

From images of completely different storms to the downright unbelievable Hollywood photoshop treatment, hundreds of fake photos purporting to be Sandy are circulating the internet.
There is even a website called Instacane, which is collating all storm-related photos that are tagged with terms such as "Sandy" and "hurricane". While many of these are indeed legitimate, others should be taken with a grain of salt.
On photo-sharing app Instagram, 10 photos are being uploaded of the storm every second, according to The New York Times.

A dramatic looking Statue of Liberty is seen in this image claiming to be from Sandy:
Sandy fake
But, according to snopes.com, a website that verifies images, it's photoshopped from a tornado in Nebraska in May 2004. The originals can be seen at Extreme Instability.


No comments: