This Just Doesn't Look Right
This image was plastered all over the internet yesterday. Supposedly the image was taken in Washington, DC. It doesn't look real to me. Why? Read below the fold.
- It's too perfect. Notice how sharp the corners are. If this poster was handled and fastened to that slab of concrete don't you think there would be a least a little crease or a turned up corner?
- The edges are too straight and sharp. The only inconsistency in the edges are at the bottom and they do not line up with any irregularities in the concrete. Notice the voids or indentations in the concrete at the top edge of the poster, the poster should reflect those voids as dimples in the poster's paper, unless it is made of heavy stock paper which I address below. There should be lumps and indentations along the edges mirroring lumps and indentations in the concrete.
- The concrete slab is square and the poster is trapezoid shaped. Why go through the extra expense and hassle of creating a trapezoid shaped poster. A trapezoid shaped poster would also present a problem of formatting the image to fit the unconventional shape. It can be done but it's a pain.
- There are no signs of how this poster was attached to the concrete. The only explanation, IMHO, is the poster was glued to the concrete. If you've ever hung wall paper before then you'd know just how difficult it is to glue paper to a wall. And if it is glued, any voids or irregularities in the concrete would bleed through the poster paper unless it was printed on a heavy stock (thick) paper. Why use expensive heavy stock paper? If it is heavy stock paper then there should be a noticeable thickness or depth to the edge which I just don't see.
Conclusion: In my humble opinion, and this is just my opinion, this image has been photoshopped. The concrete slab would have to be perfectly smooth for the poster to appear like that, how many concrete slabs have you seen that are perfectly smooth, especially considering this slab hasn't been finished (troweled). You can tell it hasn't been finished by the voids and seams from the forms in the concrete.