now realize how your model is nothing like the photo. in your model, i'm guessing that the pencils are going to be within a few inches of each other, and the flashlight maybe a foot away. in the photo, steve is maybe ten feet away from the pole, and the lightsource is NINETY THREE MILLION GODDAMN MILES AWAY. the shadows in the photo are very nearly perfectly parallel.
perspective is sufficient to explain why things appear the way they do, without resorting to telephone poles ready to topple into buildings, or someone faking in steve for an alleged incident which is not only perfectly reasonable (appearing at a trendy restaurant without so much as a reservation), but which is also, in fact, supported by a third party (the restaurant itself).