The INSIDER Summary:
- @YouDidNotSleepThere is an Instagram account with more than 30,000 followers.
- It was started by a woman who got frustrated by unrealistic travel photos shared online.
- She’s been allegedly blocked by some Instafamous travel photographers.
Instagram is rife with gorgeous travel photos that show people camping out in extreme places, like the very edges of cliffs. They’re gorgeous, to be sure, but they also make you wonder: Are people really camping out in such precarious places?
One frustrated woman is here to argue that they’re probably not.
Luisa (identified only by her first name) is the owner of @YouDidNotSleepThere, an Instagram account whose sole purpose is to lambaste clichéd travel images like the classic tent-on-the-edge-of-a-cliff, Field magazine reports.
Here’s just a sampling of her recent posts:
In an interview with Field magazine, Luisa explained the inspiration behind the account as follows:
“I went on a trip in the Grand Canyon with some friends and we had a bunch of tents from Poler and my friend was like, ‘Let’s set the tent up over here and take a picture.’ And I was like, ‘What? Why are you doing that?’ And she was like, ‘People do that all the time!’
“And I was completely caught off guard and thought it was just the most ridiculous thing ever, but when we got back home I started noticing how much people really do do that, and I started looking at photos wondering if they were actually legit. And I had I stumbled across the Instagram handles @YouDidNotEatThat and @YouDidNotSkateThat previously — they’re both super funny — so I decided to put together @YouDidNotSleepThere to sort of call people out, because it’s crazy. It’s just crazy.”
She also identified what she thinks are the worst travel photo clichés: “the crazy long exposure night shots with the light in the tent,” “camping really close to water,” and “hammocks in ridiculous places.”
@YouDidNotSleepThere has attracted a fair amount of hate, of course. Luisa said that she’s been blocked by famous accounts like Socality.
But roughly 30,000 followers appear to appreciate @YouDidNotSleepThere’s presence on Instagram.
After all, whether it’s tents in weird places or perfectly flexed and posed fitness selfies, Instagram is full of unrealistic images that could use a little debunking.
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