Out to Sea
When a lie is based on a denial, it lacks the audacity of a wild claim or grandeur of a high-flying conspiracy but its simplicity can be effective. In essence, a denial acknowledges that a photograph can lie, then uses this fact to claim that an accurate photo is false.
Press images showing throngs of Covid-era beachgoers crowding Jacksonville, Florida beaches in April 2020 are lies. In short, they are stock images, time-shifted, or misrepresentative.
When Jacksonville, Florida re-opened its beach on the post-Easter weekend of April 17–19, 2020, after a monthlong Covid-19 closure, mobs of people and photographers turned out. “Jacksonville beach packed as Florida coronavirus cases hit record,” summarizes a New York Post headline over a beach image showing kids, couples, gambolers, dogs, clusters, clumps, crowds. The photograph was neither a stock image nor was it timeshifted, but instead was made April 17 by Sam Greenwood, a Getty Images staff photographer. Naturally, long lenses can compress perspective, but other photographs (including those by David Rosenblum, also carried by Getty Images) show comparable crowds.