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11th Sep 2014

Student Uses Photoshop And Facebook To Fake Dream Holiday

Zila said: "My goal was to prove how common and easy it is for people to distort reality".

Cathy Donohue

Dutch student Zilla van den Born used Photoshop to pretend she was on a five-week holiday to South East Asia.

25-year-old Zilla was actually at home in Amsterdam but posted the mocked up images to her Facebook account which led people to believe that she was on the trip of a lifetime.

Zilla said, “I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media – we create an ideal world online which reality can no longer meet.

“My goal was to prove how common and easy it is for people to distort reality. Everyone knows that pictures of models are manipulated, but we often overlook the fact that we manipulate reality also in our own lives”.

“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”.

Zilla looked like she was having the trip of a lifetime

Graphics student Zilla was even waved off from the airport by her family before she took a train back to Amsterdam. She also sent messages in the middle of the night to reflect the time difference in Asia and posted Asian souvenirs to her family.

The photos, including the one of the Buddhist temple above,were actually taken in Amsterdam. Check out the video below to see how Zila went about this experiment which was part of her university graduation project.

Images via Mercury Press & Media Ltd