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Instagram photos stripped back by Thai photographer to reveal a more grey reality

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 18/09/2015 | 12:59

Instagram images in the cold light of day
Instagram images in the cold light of day Credit:

A little shading here, some illumination needed there - many people use Instagram to conjure up a more glamorous version of their daily lives.

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Chompoo Baritone, a photographer from Bangkok, Thailand has exposed Instagram's many tricks and has stripped back posted images to reveal their more mundane reality.

The amusing compositions show people enjoying a moment with friends, on holiday or making a meal, along with the closely cropped, heavily filtered segment they’d be most likely to share on social media.

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Numerous artists, like the anonymous photographer behind Hipster Barbie, have criticised how some celebrities use clever cropping and filters to convey altered images on the social networking website.

British TV presenter and model Alexa Chung recently admitted that her Insta feed is littered with 'creative crops'.

"No one is as happy as they seem on Instagram," she told Stella Magazine.

Taking aim at the current #fit trend where people post images of impressive yoga positions and snapshots of their exercise-mad lifestyles, one of Baritone's photographs shows a girl being assisted by a friend during her headstand.

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Another satires the food porn craze with remnants of packet-meals and bowls of noodles scattered around a healthy dish.

Baritone studied photography at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Thailand, and says she has more brilliant social projects in the pipeline.

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