Picture fakery is as old as photography, but the Internet Age sure has made things more interesting. It’s not just that so many people out there seem to have great Photoshop skills, but also that they’re using their skills for satire and art. It’s blurring the lines between what’s recognizable as reality and what’s phony. Sorting through the baloney on the internet could give more than a few people full-time jobs.
It’s hard not to admire the imaginations out there sometimes, though, isn’t it? The best fake images play on our fantasies—they’re things we want to believe could be real. Some of these are a bit of a letdown to learn that they’re as fake as a seven-dollar bill.