a beautiful hoax…


25/04/2013 by Sarah Ritchie

Lake Baikal Siberia

Lake Baikal, Siberia. Photos by Alexey Trofimov (left), Jeffersons Opinion (centre), Valery Chernodedov (right).

You know those times when you see something that’s not quite believable and you think “uh huh, yeah, right”? After a career in the design and advertising industry, my life has been surrounded by “yeah, right” moments. I fast learned that you should never believe what you see in print…or on the web, TV or movies.

So when a friend of mine emailed me a photograph of a picture-perfect winter scene in Siberia, my first thought was “yeah, right”, that it could not possibly be real, and that the photographer had achieved some impressive post-production work with a bit of help from Photoshop.

Isn’t it sad that, instead of marveling at the wonders of natural beauty, I first had to doubt its reality. That’s a sad indictment on the modern propensity for visual deception.

On the plus-side, the photo became my incentive to do some investigation into Lake Baikal, Siberia. I discovered that this lake is the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world; that it is 636km long, freezes in winter, and ice hummocks of stunningly clear turquoise form. So the stories (and photos), for once, are true. This particular beauty is 100% real.


3 thoughts on “a beautiful hoax…

  1. Verbina Kopa says:

    Nice one Sarah!

  2. This is such a cool post. I have had a great interest in trick photography and reading this is a real inspiration.

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks for that! Perhaps you could undertake a project where you photograph the uniqueness of nature and then ask people whether trick photography has been used or not!

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