Zilla Van Den Born convinced her friends and family into thinking she was travelling Asia, from her bedroom!
These days with social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram etc. at the forefront of our daily lives, its almost too easy for us to believe everything we read or see online. Of course on your online profile you are going hide the things you don't want people to know about you, and emphasis things to make yourself seem more interesting. But nobody really discuss the elephant in the room, bar Zilla when she staged a 42 day adventure across Asia, from her sofa.
|Before Zilla edited herself into the picture and after|
|Zilla Skyping in her self made cafe|
|Snorkelling in a pool, and after photoshop she's in the ocean|
|Zilla in the Buddhist temple in Amsterdam|
"We create an online ideal world which reality can no longer match up to,"
"Everybody knows that pictures of models are manipulated but we often overlook the fact that we manipulate reality in our own lives as well."
"A picture is perhaps one of the most layered and contradictory objects that we can see around us.
"It represents the reality, but also falsehood. It is a fact, but also an opinion. It is technology, but also an art form."
|She even edited herself into a photo with people she supposedly meet on her travels|
I was instantly drawn to this story as my college course is very similar to hers. I work alot with photoshop and other such apps like it. Photoshop is so powerful, it gives everyone the tool to manipulate what's actually real. Infact I could have also said 'the internet' instead of 'photoshop' above, because it really does act as a barrier between the real world and the typed up & edited world. Zilla's project was so fascinating! It really did make me realise that - "we manipulate reality in our own lives as well."
Until next time :)
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