Paris is all about good life. Great food, romantic weather and striking architecture make it an absolute must-visit for tourists across the world. A lot has been said and written about the city of love. It has inspired many a poet, writers and also the likes of Coco Chanel and Christian Dior who define the rules for the world of fashion.
The grand architecture is so mesmerizing that it has served as a backdrop in several films, documentaries and still photoshoots. Not surprising then, when a modern-day influencer decided to photoshop that very backdrop to make her pictures more interesting, a tide of criticism came gushing her way.
The model who Photoshops
While the inclination has always been strong for people to play around a bit with filters and backgrounds to shift the focus to things they want to highlight, this particular Swedish instagrammer Johanna Olsson went a bit overboard with her photoshopping skills to enhance her pictures shot in the beautiful city.
This happened when the 28-year old model was on an all-expenses paid trip to Paris. A picture of the stylish fashionista flaunting her jacket was captioned as ‘fall leafs in Paris! Love this city this time of year!’. Standing just a few inches off the pavement, this picture of the pretty model captured the attention of her followers who started scrutinizing her editing skills in great detail.
While her feet don’t seem to touch the ground in one picture, another saw a superimposed tree and a completely changed background from the original one. This Instagram picture saw the model enjoying her drink at a café. With a glass in her hand, she looked stylish striking a pose against a background that looked a little tarnished.
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GUYS! I was in Paris, at this restaurant, they seated me at a table with no view. I really wanted a picture with the best view to get that perfect Paris vibe to inspire you guys so instead of complaining to the staff about where they seated me which I think is awkward I simply took a picture of the background I wanted from a better table and photoshopped it….
Instagrammers were not too kind with their comments about this blogger who photoshops her travel pics.
Ooh la la!
The flurry of comments that followed was scathing and precise. “So your photos are fake? Why would you do that… honestly how pathetic and immature,” said a follower, while “Seriously, the table isn’t even straight, the lines are all crooked. If you have to photoshop a life, are you genuinely happy??”, asked another.
The model although overwhelmed, was quick to own up the act and take things in her stride. What’s more is that, she publicly admitted to have changed the background because it looked good
I wanted to talk a little bit about the pictures I posted in Paris. So, I did one picture, shot it and didn’t think it looked that nice… so I took a different background and put the background into it. And when I put it up nobody noticed so I thought, this is good. So I admit it wasn’t my finest Photoshop skills. Now in Sweden this thing has gone crazy and TV shows want me to come on and talk about my ‘fake travelling’.Johanna Olssson on her pictures being photoshopped
While doing so, she made it amply clear that she was indeed in Paris where the pictures were clicked. The fact cannot be denied that her pictures did garner a lot of attention. She went on to clarify, “It’s a bit ridiculous I think. There are a lot of influencers out there that use Photoshop in birds, rainbows or crazy skies and I could do that but I don’t like that. I just wanted to make that clear that I was in Paris, but I did Photoshop the background, but I’m not going to take them down because it’s a collaboration and they’re nice pictures – it’s a good outfit!”
A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. But photoshopped ones?! Ahem. Ahem.