originally posted by: Counterintelligence
a reply to: Johnny3000
I've been following this topic from the start, and joined here just to comment on this thread. Excuse this doozy of a post but I've yet to comment on
the matter and I have a lot to say.
I think this is a cropped version of the real photo.
I've been following this subject obsessively since the fallout on 4chan the day after the picture was posted. Like many here, I dismissed this photo
early on just because the creature on the left side looks so fake.
But, most interestingly, this was the only photo since early on that didn't actually show a creature in it outright.
Why is this important?
While other people were slinging about crappy photoshops or stills from movies, this was the only picture that's been around since the beginning and
that doesn't even try to depict the being in question! Also of note, when this background was first posted, some of the people who were claiming to
have seen the original picture said that this was the correct background.
Then, when you look at the thumbnail which became widely available right before the popular CGI rendered alien appeared, take note that this is the
only picture in question that actually shows a cactus adjacent to the tree (the tree people had been claiming was there from the start). Whereas, when
you look at the background of the CGI render alien, the picture was revealed, the cactus is there but the tree begins to "disappear" from the full
render, implying the thumbnail and the render have differing backgrounds. So I believe that this is the only picture in question that actually has
both the proper tree in its proper placement. I agree that other pictures, like the CGI render, are there to confuse, muddle, and distract viewers
from the original picture.
So, even before my next point, this picture had some major things going for it: it's been around since the start, it actually has the correct
background, and some people who claimed to have seen the original have said that this is the correct background. In my mind it was a good candidate.
The night before last something major
happened which shot this picture straight to the top of my list. On 4chan, someone posted highly
distorted and pixelated versions of this picture with some more of the left side cropped out, and without the obviously fake alien head on the left
side of the picture. It was right about the time that the 4chan Discord got shut down, allegedly either by the Feds or Discord's admins, right as they
claimed they were making a major breakthrough (for those who don't know, apparently people from 4chan were running a very active chatroom in Discord
dedicated to finding the picture).
There were two highly distorted/pixelated versions of this picture with the fake alien head removed. One was in greyscale, almost totally black and
white, and one was partially colored with purple/blue/black/grey. It was almost impossible to make anything out in these distorted pictures, but there
appeared to possibly be a smallish figure in the bottom left of the frame. If you recall the earliest sketches of the picture, the alien was
supposedly rather small against a large background, to the bottom left. And, as others here have noted, there is a very apparent shadow in the version
of the photo we have that appears humanoid but not human at all. At the time these two distorted pictures were posted, no one in the 4chan thread
seemed to take any note of it, so while I thought it was potentially interesting, I moved on. Now that attention has returned to this image, I went to
go find those distorted/altered pictures with the CGI head removed, and they've been scrubbed from the thread and
the archives at
So, to reiterate:
- 4chan's Discord chat claims to be making an important breakthrough and gets shut down by site admins or Feds;
- People come to threads on /x/ saying they're going to dump info from the Discord chat that was shut down;
- Among numerous other items, at least two highly distorted/pixelated versions of this photo appear, with the fake alien head on the left side
removed, revealing the original background behind. Though it's almost impossible to tell, there may be a figure in the frame that is casting the
- No one in the threads discusses the altered pictures. As of today, the pixelated/altered versions of the pictures have been scrubbed from 4chan and
the 4chan archive site, 4plebs.org.
As of right now, I am fully convinced that this is a portion of the original photo. I wish I had the altered versions to show you guys but they're
gone. And, since I browse from my iPad, I don't have a browser history or other place to recover the altered photos from. But if they were posted on
4chan, others out there still have them.
But, if what I'm saying is true, take heart!
If indeed this is part of the original photo, and someone from Discord was sharing portions with
the CGI head removed, that means the original photo is still out there, and people are trying to find ways to publish it or somehow disseminate it to