Originally Posted by Chris_CA
The vanishing point for shadows are directly beneath the light source (the sun in this case) so they would be behind the camera, not in front of it.
The shadows should appear to point outwards from the center of the picture, not towards the center.
I hardly think so. Distant shadows are further away, and therefore appear smaller. The shadows of a line of telephone poles recede towards infinity along with the poles that generate them.
Sorry, I just got it. The vanishing point for shadows of vertical lines, such as telephone poles, depends on their distance from the light source, which in this case increases. The shadow of the leg of the person on the right, if that is what it is, is therefore completely wrong and should point more to the right than other shadows. So at least we know that the red lines do not prove anything either way.
The shadows vary in distinctiveness depending on the closeness of their origin to the ground, so it is a very confusing image. Rather than trying to prove or disprove either way, I would suggest taking a look at recent photos of Steve Jobs and seeing if we have seen this image before in a different picture.