Is Instagram ruining Mother Nature?
Have you ever been scrolling through your social media or flipping through a magazine or watching television while vegging out on the couch, and you see a landscape or a destination flash before your eyes that's so beautiful, so utterly breathtaking, that you think:
"God, that would be, like, a perfect Instagram post?"
If you haven't, then good for you, gold star, snaps all around, but chances are you've seen at least one or two locations or places that you've thought would give you all the likes on your Instagram, and so you go there with the intention of snapping your Insta-worthy pic...
Well according to a recent article from NPR and professional travel photographer Brent Knepper's latest piece titled Instagram is loving nature to death, "you are part of the problem."
Knepper claims that popular Instagram-sexy locations damage and hurt the natural landscape of Mother Nature, implementing the need for more man-made structures (parking lots, shaded areas, food vendors, etc) to support the massive influx of tourists that are flocking with iPhone in hand to snap their photos of popular places like Horseshoe Bend.
Though Knepper acknowledges that there's nothing wrong with going to these locations and snapping your photos, he more or less condemns the people who hit up Instagram-worthy spots and treat them like garbage.
AKA the people who ruin it for the rest of us.
As someone who is a photographer and has taken quite a few risks to get pictures in strange/somewhat cough illegal-not-really-but-kinda cough locations, I know how important it is to keep your secrets close to your chest at the risk of people spoiling future shoots from not being as careful and cautious.
This year was a big year for abandoned building photography for me (gimme dat rust), and I got so many messages from people all over my province asking me where my locations were and how they could get to them themselves. I often politely declined sharing my shooting locations, not for fear of someone copying my shoots, but for fear of them injuring themselves or ruining it for others who might find more value in shooting in such a delicate location.
But at the end of the day, what do you think?
Do you think that Instagram is ruining Mother Nature? Do you think some world's of the best-kept secrets are being exploited for social media stardom? Or do you think all of this is silly and people are overreacting?
After all, it is just Instagram at the end of the day…
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Cella writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau
By Daryl Baxter