VIA| When photographer Simon Menner first contacted the German Army about a project he was working on in 2010, they couldn’t have been more excited. Menner wanted to create a series of shots titled, “Camouflage” featuring elite army soldiers hiding and waiting.
After getting all of his shots together, Menner published them to the web where they quickly went viral. But as soon as they became popular, people began questioning whether the pictures actually had snipers in them at all. Now we’re here to tell you that not only are these pictures real, they are spectacular!
Menner arranged two different shoots for this project, one with soldiers that were young and inexperienced and another withe elite army commandos.
“I found it quite interesting to work with soldiers who had been ordered to follow my instructions,” Menner told Business Insider. “I tried to be as respectful of them as possible, but nothing of what I told them was questioned in any way.”
While the images certainly have a strong sense of legitimacy, Menner is the first to tell you that it is not a documentary project. Half the fun is just finding the snipers – something that almost ended up causing him more pain than good.
“First of all, it is real,” he says to all those who question the pictures. “Whoever has doubts about that should contact the German Army. There were snipers present in every single shot and they were, in fact, ordered to aim at the camera, so they could see me, even though I was never able to see them.”
Below you’ll find the locations of the snipers in all of these stunning pictures, but make sure you test yourself on all of them first. Only those with the sharpest eyes will be able to spot even a few of these brilliant hidden snipers.
So how many of them did you spot? Share with us in the comments below!