Noam Galai recently wrote an article showing us how to use reverse image searching like Google Images and TinEye to see where your images are being used online. Today I used reverse image searching to prove that my ex-girlfriend is a liar.
Several years ago my girlfriend at the time mailed me a painting. It was packaged extremely well, a box inside a box. She wrote a note saying she painted it for me and she had signed it. Soon thereafter we broke up and the painting ended up under my dresser. Over the past few years I've moved two times, and each time I found the painting but I couldn't bring my self to throw it away. It was always my intention to mail it back to her rather than destroy it. She had obviously put a lot work into it and I actually thought it was really well done.
Today I noticed it under my dresser and I decided to pull it out. Something about the painting just didn't seem right. Maybe it was the subject matter, the painting technique, or the canvas it was on. Something about this "original artwork" didn't seem so original.
After staring at it an idea popped in my head... Reverse Image Search. I snapped a picture with my cellphone and uploaded it to Google. The results were shocking. My ex-girlfriend had signed a crappy print from Marshalls and I had been lugging it around for years out of respect for her and "her artwork." I always knew she was a liar but this was a new low.
All the Fstoppers' writers and I had a good laugh once this was discovered and they suggested I share the story with all of you. I guess the moral of the story is that Google really does know it all. I just wish I had thought to look this up sooner.
The "Original Art"
Google Image Search Results
Where you can buy the same "Original Art"