Filmmaker David OReilly launched a Hyper-real CG Tumblr/Instagram last month showing what were purportedly realistic-looking computer graphics. The images were accompanied by information about the 3D software and rendering engines used in the creation of the artwork.
Media sites like Huffington Post and Gizmodo were impressed with the advances in computer graphics, and posted stories like CGI Faces Are Officially As Real As Actual Human Faces and I Can’t Believe These Hyper-Real Pictures Are Completely CG and Not Real.
Here’s the thing though: none of the images were actually CGI. They were a collection of photos found online as well as personal photos taken by OReilly. One of the images was a photograph by Sage Sohier (below), whose work can be found in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, amongst other museums: