This beautiful, albeit clearly photoshopped, image circulates via social media websites, blogs, and online forums. It is usually touted as an example of “beautiful nature”, “our wonderful world” or similar.
The image depicts an island in which a towering rock face shows a human head in profile. A waterfall streaming from the head represents the figure’s long flowing hair.
The piece is clearly the work of a quite skilled digital artist. So much so that a remarkably large number of commentators apparently think the image depicts a real natural formation.
However, not surprisingly, the waterfall head image was created using a photograph of a normal island as the source.
The island is located in Phang Nga Bay in Thailand. A photograph of the island published on The Traveluster blog in 2012 shows the same shape and appearance of the manipulated head waterfall image. It appears that the artwork was created using this photograph as the source. Note the small boat at the base of the island in both the original and manipulated versions of the image. Cloud formations in both images are also identical.
The name of the artist who created the work is currently unclear.
An example of the circulating image:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!