Yesterday morning pop star, Justin Bieber, posted a picture on Instagram. And as he and his wife Hailey have been going viral due to their recent wedding ceremony and its details, everything they post or do has been making headlines.
Back to yesterday morning, Bieber uploaded an image of a whale shark, swimming just under the surface of the ocean, right under a boat.
He says he found the picture online on someone else’s page. Later realized he forgot to credit the image and apologized for it.
Caption: “This photo is real! WHALE SHARK biggest fish in the ocean 📸 @tomcannonphotography (sorry I didn’t credit you right away I seen this photo on someone else’s page and didn’t know it was you till I have seen someone post on the comments) and I didn’t block you not sure where that came from.. seen the screenshot on your page of my page which is impossible if the person has you blocked.”
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This photo is real! WHALE SHARK biggest fish in the ocean 📸 @tomcannonphotography (sorry I didn’t credit you right away I seen this photo on someone else’s page and didn’t know it was you TIL I seen someone post on the comments) and I didn’t block you not sure where that came from.. seen the screenshot on your page of my page which is impossible if the person has you blocked.
His writing ‘whale shark’ in all caps in his caption points toward just how awestruck and excited he had been to see the image and share it. It also makes one wonder about the beauty enclosed in our oceans, inspires us to preserve and save it.
But, as mentioned by Bieber, in his caption. The photo is not entirely accurate. Daily Mail reported a few details of the pic. They said the photograph was taken in 2018 by Tom Cannon, in the waters of Ningaloo Reef, right off the coast of Australia.
Further information by Insider: the photograph has been created by using a technique called ‘forced perception.’
Forced Perception is a technique where the position of an object or person is altered for distance. For instance: you might have come across photographs of people “enclosing” the sun in the palm of their hands. Refer to the image below:
Cannon himself confirmed his use of this technique, “When I took the photo, the whale shark was literally centimeters from my camera,” Cannon said, “The boat stayed several meters away to avoid any risk to the shark itself.”
Therefore, even though everything about the photograph is real. The distance between the boat and the whale shark has been altered to be perceived as a much awe-inspiring image.