A near-ubiquitous access to digital photography and a connection to the rest of the world has given this generation of humans unprecedented ability to share a heavily curated lifestyle with the world and vicariously live the lives of others. Instagram, Facebook, and other platforms offer a way to share only what you want with the world. Nobody needs to see anything outside the frame you present. The image and the story you tell are all that matters in a world where people cannot see outside your post. But just what is happening outside that post? What impact does it have on the world at large?
This year at Outpost, a panel was held to discuss just what impact social media and its instant gratification are having on the environment. Although not entirely serious, three social media influencers, Andrew T Kearns, Luisa Jeffery, and Mackenzie Duncan, were called in to give their thoughts on various topics including putting your tent on a cliff and dangling your feet over Horseshoe Bend. In this hour-long discussion filled with hilarity and a ton of takeaways, the group give us plenty to think about when it comes to just how far some people are willing to go for an image. The video above is the full discussion, and this link will take you to a summary of the day’s big takeaways.
So, what do you think? Is it okay to light a fire in a fire-ban area for a photograph? Do you get tired of the copycat imagery that fills your Instagram feed? Is there anything we can do about this blatant disregard for the environment? Do we need to address this lack of originality?