6 days ago
Instagram has fostered a strange culture — a culture where photographers create images designed to serve as an escape from everyday life. These images are consumed by people at work, at home, or otherwise entangled with modern society. In a sad twist of irony, many of these Instagram photographers don’t truly live the lifestyle that they portray. We’ve seen it all — a tent placed at the edge of a cliff, a retro 4x4 SUV in a snowy night landscape with a brightly lit Christmas tree tied to the roof-rack — or perhaps a person enjoying a hammock on a relaxing backpacking trip. These are manufactured moments that don’t resemble reality. It is with tongue-in-cheek that I am posting this image from my spring backpacking trip to Southern Utah. This image looks relaxing, but if you knew the whole story, I don’t think you would want to trade places with me. You see, I laid down in this hammock for only about 7 seconds, just long enough to take this photo, and I had a good laugh in the process of doing so. I look forward to telling the story of the trip. Episode 1 goes live this Saturday on my Youtube Channel.