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Spokane Native Photographer Shares Truth Behind Viral Photo

SPOKANE, Wash. - They say a pictures worth a thousand words, but what about 2,000,000 e-mails. That's the number of times Spokane Native Tim Shobe believes an edited photo of his has shown up in the inbox of people worldwide.

About two years ago he took two of his pictures and edited them together. One was of a whale's mouth and the other was of a friend on his kayak. Once the edit was finished it looked as if the kayaker was going through the mouth of the whale.

And since that night, without checking twice, many people and publications have presented it as fact, even though the image is not real.

"They're so used to believing what they read, they just take it for face value, they don't question it," Shobe said. "Then that person sends it to another person and pretty soon it's out of hand.

And the reactions have varied. Several people have taken a liking to the look, but others didn't enjoy the edit.

"I get a lot of negative comments about me frauding the world," Shobe said. "Or for me getting too close to the whales when that never happened.

So it appears in this digital age that the power of a picture has never been stronger. But it seems in this case, the words to the wise may be you don't always need to believe what you see. 


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