When All the Clouds Are the Same: Travel Influencer May Have Faked Some Photos on Instagram


Another week, another influencer on Instagram caught faking it for the likes.

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In this case, Argentinian Tupi Saravia, a “travel” influencer – was recently called out by members of the Instagram community for having travel photos from different locations around the world but with the exact same sky.

Sure, it’s a pretty sky, but it gets a little old after a while. Plus, it really isn’t needed given that these photos seem to be taken in otherwise pristine paradises. The why is always a mystery, but the aftermath is quite predictable:

Criticism and mock outrage from followers and others alike. Matt Navarra then tweeted out a comparison photo with four of the photos with the same sky in them which were taken in places like Indonesia, India, and Thailand.

As it usually goes with these things, these weren’t the only photos. If you’d like to check out Navarra’s comparison collage, you can do so here.

As PetaPixel points out, Tupi Saravia has not made a secret of using photo editing in her pictures. She apparently uses the Enlight Quickshot app and, apparently, really likes those clouds. The main conclusion that everyone is taking from this is that social media isn’t real and isn’t pretending to be real.

Beyond that, it recalls the debate about editing and modifying photographs. One thing that is true is that Saravia got to visit some of the most beautiful locations in the world. That’s why it is somewhat mysterious that she would try to add to these photos with a smartphone app…of all things.

What do you think? Is Instagram photography its own thing and should be regarded as such? What do you think about modifying photographs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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