It really is amazing what stories could be told using Facebook and Photoshop and not all of them are what they seem.
Imagine telling your friends and family that you were going on an amazing 42 day Southeast Asia vacation and then posting photos during your trip to Facebook. Imagine doing this all without leaving your home town.
That’s exactly what a Dutch woman, Zilla van den Born did.
According to CTV News, “Dutch student Zilla van den Born used Photoshop and Facebook to chronicle a 42-day journey through Southeast Asia that never happened, all to point out the artificiality of social media”.
She posted faked pictures to Facebook and even had Skype conversations from her apartment (she decorated her room to look like hotels) in Amsterdam all while her friends & family thought she was away exploring Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
Van den Camp had some help from a photographer and post-production specialist for what the article says is a university project. When she went out around town in Amsterdam she dressed in disguise so she wouldn’t be recognized.
To get the desired fake photos, Van den Camp took photos of food at oriental restaurants and used a community pool for a snorkeling and then had some fish photoshopped in!
Besides posting photo-shopped photos, Van den Camp also took videos to show how she planned and faked her trip.
After reading the CTV News article I googled Zilla’s name and came up with a Buzzfeed article which had more details (as well as the photos included in my post).
Van den camp sent her friends and family videos showing how she faked her Southeast Asia vacation adventure.
Here is a quote from the Buzzfeed post which shows how she felt about her fake vacation project: “If I had the chance to do it again, I don’t think I would do it again,” van den Born said. “I really underestimated the impact of the project on myself and the people around me!”
I’d love to know if any friends or family members got mad at Zilla for taking her fake-ation?
Do you think you could ever pull off such a stunt? I definitely don’t think I could.
Find out more in the CTV News article here and the Buzzfeed article here.