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Is This a German Village Shaped Like a Fingerprint?

If this village is ever found at the scene of a crime, the culprit won't be difficult to catch.

Published Oct 24, 2018

A photograph shows a village in Germany that resembles a fingerprint in contour.

On 21 October 2018, the Facebook page "Amazing Photos in the World" posted a photograph which supposedly showed a village in Germany resembling a fingerprint in a topographic sense:

However, this picture is neither a real photograph nor an accurate visual depiction of a village in Germany.

This image is a digital production created by artist Jacob Eisinger for the February 2015 cover of MODUS magazine:

Eisinger explained the assignment and shared some additional images showing the creation of this "fingerprint city" on his Behance page:

For the February issue of Modus Magazine I was asked to create a satellite picture kind of artwork showing a fingerprint shaped city to illustrate "the human touch." Experimenting with cloner objects and dynamic texturing it was a great challenge to figure out the best way to create a crowded place like a city.

When Eisinger shared the image to his Instagram page he included the tags #CGI, #rendering, and #digitalart to distinguish it from an actual photograph:

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.