These Photos Show How Nothing On Instagram Is Really What It Seems

Instagram is a powerful tool: it can help us sneak a peek into the lives of people we admire — celebrities, adventurers, fashion bloggers, you name it — or show your followers all the awesome things you've been up to just by hitting "share."

The problem is that we tend to over-filter our lives. We see the perfectly curated images of Instafamous people, feel like sh*t because our lives don't look like that, and then curate our photos similarly give the illusion our lives do, in fact, look like that. It's a vicious cycle.

Recently, though, there's been awareness about this phenomenon — thanks to hipster Barbie's Instagram account which parodies so-called #authenticliving.

And now, Chompoo Baritone, a Thai photographer based in Bangkok, has published a new photo series that reveals all the messy reality that we usually crop out of our Instagrams.

From a perfect headstand (that's actually being supported by an out-of-frame friend) to a serene work space (that's actually surrounded by piles of laundry), these photos give us a chance to step back and laugh at the ridiculous Instareality we've created for ourselves.

Check 'em out:

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