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07th Nov 2023

People think they’ve figured out creepy wedding dress pic compared to something from Black Mirror

JOE

We thought spooky season was over!

People think they’ve figured out the interesting reason behind the viral wedding dress picture which has sent shivers down the spines of the internet.

Writer and comedian Tessa Coates posted to her Instagram account a picture of her from a day trying on a bunch of wedding dresses.

While you’d be forgiven for seeing this seemingly innocuous picture and scrolling on past, if you stop to take a look a bit further, you’ll see something shudder-inducing.

Coates wrote on Instagram: “Okay hello! Upgraded from stories to the grid.

“I went wedding dress shopping and the fabric of reality crumbled. This is a real photo, not photoshopped, not a pano, not a Live Photo.

“If you can’t see the problem, please keep looking and then you won’t be able to unsee it. Full story in my highlights. Please enjoy this glitch in the matrix/photo that me nearly vomit in the street. Also, I’m engaged!”

If you look carefully, you’ll see that Coates is actually in three different poses at once, reflecting two poses in the mirrors that are different from the way she is standing in the video.

“How…is this possible? Also, congrats!! Delighted for you. And now concerned because those guys in suits will come for you,” one Instagram user commented.

“What in the Black Mirror is happening,” another confused user wrote.

“I really enjoyed the spookiness of this,” said a third.

Coates said she went to the Apple Store to figure out what was happening in the spooky photo, and the people in the store told them that a phone camera doesn’t behave like a normal camera at all. Who knew.

Actually, a phone camera takes a scan from left to right and will compile the image, so any discrepancies in the images scanned can end up getting merged together.

She recalled the employee said: “An iPhone is not a camera, it’s a computer. When an iPhone takes a photo it takes a series of burst images very quickly – even though it’s not a pano and it’s not a live photo, it’s none of the things you all very cleverly thought it might be.

“It takes a series of images from left to right. What it’s done at the exact moment that it crossed behind your back, you raised your arms in that half a split second and it’s made a completely different image on the other side.

“It’s made an AI decision and it’s stitched those two photos together.”

One user backed up this claim, saying: “It’s very simple. When taking any photo with a modern cellphone, especially in low light, it takes scans from left to right. Any movement will be captured even if not a pano because the mirrors are staticky placed, but the subject is moving.”

So there you have it, computer trickery, not Black Mirror dystopia.

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