Satirical Series Reveals the Secret Lies Behind Picturesque Instagram Posts

Some Instagram photos are so perfect you can't help wondering how scenes like that actually exist. Beautifully crafted, the compositions might make you wish your life was that picturesque. Thailand-based photographer Chompoo Baritone sheds some light on these types of impeccable images with her clever series called #slowlife. In it, these small Instagram frames are just a fraction of the overall surroundings–a less-than-flawless scene.

The amusing photographs poke fun at the accounts that many find envious. Calm, beautiful shots are encompassed by everyday life that's often the antithesis of the featured Instagram post: a well-composed plate of food is at odds with the hungry cat who wants a bite of it; a tranquil day at the beach ignores the children running amok just out of frame; and someone completing a difficult yoga pose has some off-camera help from a friend.

Baritone's photos remind us that curated Instagram accounts don't always tell the whole story, and that it's okay if real life looks a little messy sometimes–it's the truth.

Chompoo Baritone: Facebook
via [PetaPixel]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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