In a society where almost every single moment can be caught on camera and cropped to perfection, it can often be tricky to decipher a moment of real life versus a moment of filtered reality. And when it comes to Instagram, only the ‘crème de la crème’ of moments in our lives are there for the world to see. That incredible brunch shot, perfect sunset and the selfie that makes you look irritatingly perfect; only the best make it through to that all-important ‘crop and filter’ stage.
If you’re an avid social media user, you’ll be all too aware of such potentially irritating pitfalls, particularly if you’re having a bad day. That Instagram user you love-to-hate but have to follow is living the life of which potential dreams are made on another glamorous holiday, and you’re trudging along at the daily grind, stuck in work. But we all know those magic and oh-so-perfect moments aren’t flawless – they are just snapshots of the moments we want the world to see.
On that note, one photographer has decided to dispel the common myth behind those ‘perfect’ Instagram shots once and for all, and has created a unique series of pictures, which have taken the Internet by storm. Bangkok-based photographer, Chompoo Baritone, has taken a range of deconstructed Instagrams, highlighting society’s obsession with capturing that ‘perfect’ moment through a lens.
Titled #slowlife, the clever photography series shows a typically impressive range of Instagram posts at odds with their surrounding reality. The amusing compositions feature people enjoying a moment with friends, on holiday or a meal, along with the closely cropped, heavily filtered segment they’d be most likely to share on social media. It’s a really clever idea and also shows the lengths some will go to get that impeccable shot (that handstand anyone?).
The pictures are below:
While this project is a reassuring reminder that no one’s grass is as green as it may first appear, the other fact of the matter is that these ‘creative compositions’ are what makes Instagram so much fun, right? In the words of Alexa Chung: “Instagram would be awful if it was reality, wouldn’t it? ‘Here are my spaghetti hoops and me crying over EastEnders.’” You know, she’s probably right.