Manchester Couple Trick People Into Thinking They Had An ‘Isolation Party’
Millions of us are currently abiding by government guidance to stay inside, subsequently avoiding contact with our loved ones in a bid to save lives and protect our healthcare systems.
But while most of us follow the guidelines to a T, a small minority seem intent on flouting the rules and endangering lives, seemingly with no thought for the rest of us who are doing everything possible to stay indoors.
One couple in Manchester were aware of this fact and wanted to see what would happen if their friends thought they were ignoring the social distancing warnings, tricking them into believing they were throwing an ‘isolation party’.
Ellie Morley, 32, and her partner, 33-year-old Simon Evans, from Eccles, have been isolating together ever since they stopped working. With both working in the hospitality industry, they haven’t left the house for three weeks and therefore wanted to find a ‘fun way to keep busy’.
Speaking to UNILAD, Ellie explained that while they’ve been ‘making the most of being at home’, it has started to become a tad ‘monotonous.’ So, they decided to look for a ‘creative way to pass the time’.
Enter: an extremely realistic-looking image of the two having a house party with a lot of guests, which – of course – had been given the full Photoshop treatment.
If you look closely you’ll see how they pulled it off:
Of course they didn’t really have a dozen guests round to theirs in the midst of a public health emergency, they just used Photoshop to make it look like they did – editing several pictures of the couple together to make it look like they were different people.
Ellie explained how they came up with the concept together, thinking it would be ‘funny’ as it’s so ‘relevant’. She added: ‘We wanted to see how our friends would react if they thought we were having a party when we’re all supposed to be social distancing.’
Simon has practised photography for a few years and thought it would be possible to use Photoshop to make it look realistic enough for it to seem like we were actually having a party when it was really just the two of us.
We used a phone stacked on top of a pile of boxes to take the pictures. Unfortunately, being on lockdown we can’t access any other equipment at the moment, but we’ve always been the creative types so we improvised. Luckily our phones have decent enough cameras.
All in all, it took around four hours to create the masterpiece – one to take all the photos and three to edit them together – with Ellie saying it only took so long because of all of the outfit changes and the ‘drinking [they] did in between’.
Because ‘it looked great’, the couple decided to share the image on social media to see how people would react and, when that proved popular, they shared it on LADbible and UNILAD‘s Facebook group Isolation Nation where it received a similar response. ‘My phone hasn’t stopped buzzing since,’ Ellie explained.
While the majority of people found it hilarious, commenting that they ‘had to look twice’ or questioning how they managed to pull it off, some people didn’t notice the picture was edited at first and became ‘quite upset’ – with one person even saying they ‘hope you all get sick’.
Ellie told UNILAD:
We’ve had everything from, ‘what part of social distancing don’t you get?’, and, ‘WTF doesn’t look very much like an isolation party’, but when [someone said] ‘I would ring the police if this was next to me’, I started replying to comments telling them to have another look.
Despite a few negative comments, Ellie said she doesn’t mind as the intention of the photograph was to ‘make you look twice’, adding: ‘We wanted it to be a talking point, it makes you think.’
It’s okay to not panic about everything going on in the world right now. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization, click here.