One of the biggest parts of the Instagram ecosystem is the Influencer, the ubiquitous social media mavens that post about everything from food to vacations – and who rake in the money while doing so.
But there’s always been a bit of theater about it all. Some people have intentionally exposed the tricks of the trade, while others have been exposed while using them. We’ve covered every type of story on here as far as Instagram goes.
This one, however, is especially cool because it combines Instagram and intensive props and photography magic.
Instagrammer Natalia Taylor decided to show how bad it can be on Instagram and faked an entire trip to the exotic location of Bali by using her local Ikea as the staging area.
Discussing the project, Taylor said, “It’s been said that life on the Internet isn’t always what it seems. Especially in today’s day and age where it’s so easy to pretend to be anyone you want to be. And today, I’m putting that to the test to see if I can fake an entire vacation by posting false photos and Instagram stories.”
In a series of photos that look somewhat like a travel collection, Taylor is obviously posing in a public space like a department store and you can even see tags and shadows from surrounding exhibits in the shots. But no one ever questioned anything she posted. On the contrary, they loved it.
What do you think about this news story?
There’s no doubt that the Instagram influencer economy is very real, but are the pictures all smoke and mirrors?
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