Instagram is a wild and crazy place. One day you can be checking out some miniature landscapes on everyday objects while the next you’re scrolling through the feeed of a guy traveling with his Godzilla pet. It’s confusing, odd, and overwhelming at times. It’s a place full of paradoxes in which the person with the third-most followers in the whole world can come out and encourage people to “take a break from social media.”
I confess I’m kind of addicted to the whole thing and, upon my wife’s advice, had to actually activate that alarm that lets you know when you’ve surpassed two daily hours of usage, a clear warning sign if there ever was one. I have this unnerving tic when I’m sitting in front of my computer in which I unlock my phone every three or four minutes and just browse #TheGram aimlessly like some kind of junkie. It’s worrisome, but hey… At least I get to write about it in The Bubble, right?
This is the third leg of this series of offbeat Argentine Instagram accounts and, to be honest, we didn’t really think this through and now we’re running out of titles (any suggestions will be kindly appreciated). Here’s to hoping we never run out of quirky accounts in this country, God knows we need them during this crazy election year.
Los Caras (@loscarasok)
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Pareidolia is the tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as such as seeing shapes in clouds, seeing faces in inanimate objects or abstract patterns, or hearing hidden messages in music. In the case of Los Caras, the focus is put solely on the objects creating a wildly imaginative portrait album that stretches the boundaries of how much we’re actually willing to trust our eyes. It could be a box, a sliced pear, a bunch of empty drums or even a stapler. The sky’s the limit to what the people of Los Caras can actually find faces on. Their slogan (“when things look back at us”) is pretty incredible as well.
One of the greatest aspects of this account is that it doesn’t really include any description of each photo and only credits pictures in those cases in which they’ve been handed in by a contributor. No hashtags, no Insta Stories, none of that nonsense. Just some good old fashioned putting your imagination to work and that’s it. Maybe that’s the reason why they have such a small number of followers (338) besides having a concept that seems on the surface like something worthy of many likes. I respect that, Los Caras. Here’s to hoping you always stay true to yourself.
Negativos Encontrados (@negativosencontrados)
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¿Te llevarias esta foto ? Encontrada x Dano Marello #creepy #negativosencontrados #foundphotography #foundphoto #found #filmisnotdead #fotografiaanalogica #filmphotography #argentina #miedo #blackandwhite #blancoynegro #fotoencontrada #lostphoto #vernacularphotography #vernacular #retro #ishootfilm #encontrada #negativos #encontrados #analoguevibes #35mm #analogue #analogico #lostphoto #creepypasta
A personal favorite of mine, Negativos Encontrados was actually born as a Facebook group (FYI, it’s a closed group so you need to ask permission to get in and await confirmation after answering a couple of questions). The concept behind it is very simple, people upload pictures they find lying on the street, along with the addresses in which they found them, and any comment they wish to include. The result is, without sounding too exaggerated, rather extraordinary. Browsing through Negativos Encontrados you’ll find creepy birthday parties, gatherings that look more like rituals, dancing superheroes, and Telettubies, all found in the streets of Argentina.
The rules are pretty simple: the pictures cannot be yours or of your family, only analog (that means actual film for those Gen Z readers out there) pics are permitted, no legal documents like DNIs or passports are accepted. and no nudes (for nudes, the community has a tumblr page). The Facebook community is not only large (over 25,000 people) but also quite involved as well. Posts tend to turn into all-out discussions and hilarious exchanges in the comment section more often than not. Instagram has been a way for the community to expand to other platforms, as has been the case with the gallery exhibitions the group has participated in over the years.
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Me pregunto qué harán con los objetos perdidos. Comillera de @gonzaaledesma gracias por mandarla! ? . . . #comilleros #comillas #mal #usadas #entrecomillas #citasenespañol #citas #frases #ortografía #puntuación #gramática #sintaxis #lengua #literatura #español #escritura #humor #ironía #cartel #rapipago #objetosperdidos
There’s a school of thought that states that social media had hindered our ability to spell properly and, therefore, we as a species are actually worse at writing because of that. I do believe there is some true to that, but what Comilleros makes painfully clear is that typos or strange writing mistakes are not reserved for the digital world, but can be found while walking down any street, at any time. To bring this point home they focus on quotation marks (“”), a punctuation mark that is misused more than any other one around. The result is a glorious and often times hilarious gallery of the most inappropriate uses of the famous quotes in store signs, menus, shop ads, and street signs.
Take this one for example which literally reads: white “cheese.” It could mean that what’s being sold is not really truly cheese, right? Or this other one that sells alfajores but states that they are “very good” in quotes. Does that mean they’re not very good then…? Or how about this one that reads “be back” at 6 PM. After writing it like that I wouldn’t count on that person coming back at all… Comilleros has dozens of examples like these, many of which are sent by contributors that roam the streets of Buenos Aires like vultures. An account for the obsessive grammar geek in all of us? Count me in.