If you’re at all social media savvy, then you probably already know who Gabbie Hanna is. She’s got almost 4 million followers on Instagram and over 6.5 million subscribers on YouTube. If that doesn’t ring a bell, then maybe you recently heard of one of her most recent ideas, in which she faked a trip to Coachella to somehow make a point about influencer-driven culture nowadays (a prank that obviously went viral as well reaching over 2.5 million views in YouTube alone).
But why oh why would I bring up Gabbie Hanna on a post about Argentine Instagram accounts? Well, turns out Hannah recently revealed she suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of the overuse of her smartphone, a condition that affects her joints, tendons and nerves. I know, I know… Yikes.
Now I know asking someone to put down the phone down altogether is a bit of a stretch in today’s day and age. But what we at The Bubble can do is suggest the best and weirdest Instagram accounts around, so you don’t have to spend precious time and effort scrolling around endlessly for them. Of course, you may run the risk of getting addicted to some of our recommendations and suffering carpal tunnel anyway, but hey… We can’t really be taking care of you 24/7, buddy. Have some self control, come on.
Paradas de Bondi (@paradasdebondi)
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It’s probably happened to you at some point or another. You find yourself looking for a bus stop sign along a street in Buenos Aires before realizing that such sign is nowhere to be found. Your app says it must be close, so you trust it blindly. You walk and walk for one, two, three, four blocks and nothing. Chances are you probably missed it by accident, an improvised handmade sign stuck to a tree or a lamp post, one that seems like some prankster put there for laughs but that somehow signals a 100 percent true bus stop. The city is just full of these bad boys and Paradas de Bondi has made it a mission to find as many as it can.
Some are written on pieces of paper, others go for something a bit more sturdy and some just don’t seem to give a fuck altogether. There are those that make an effort to bring clarity to the porteño chaos, but there are also those that seem content with watching the city burn. Truth a lot being invested in transportation in Buenos Aires and Metrobus stops taking over the larger avenues, improvised bus stops are still alive and well in the city, a clear sign that half-assed solutions in Argentina are still a cherished tradition for many.
Cecilia Grondona (@cecimdq70)
Street photography has become a staple of Instagram, with many incredible examples from which to choose (here’s one of my personal favorites). So it’s really no surprise that Argentines have taken it to heart and made their own versions. And Cecilia Grondona might just be one of the quirkiest. Her bio, based on a song by Argentine rockers Virus reads: “lejos de sufrir mi soledad uso mi flash capto impresiones me adueño así superficies de placer” which translates into “far from suffering from my loneliness I use my flash to capture impressions, taking over surfaces of pleasure.” Which in layman’s terms means: “I really enjoy finding odd people in the street and taking pictures of them.”
It’s hard to pinpoint the underlying themes in Cecilia’s account. During a random quick scroll through her feed you can find:
- A woman carrying a dog around on her walker,
- A Jewish family staring into the sea at Mar del Plata,
- A nun walking around with her carry-on luggage
- A man and his kid strolling through town with matching Superman T-shirts.
Looking closely, however, there is a sense of loneliness that permeates the whole project, highlighted ever more by her tendency to photograph people’s strange fixation with looking aimlessly at the sea, a trend that repeats over and over and over again in her work. Then again, she also has a knack for capturing people kissing without noticing her, so I’m not sure if the loneliness thing really stands… Truth is she has a really good eye for shooting the strange and odd in everyday life, and if you’re at all like her, you will not be disappointed with her finds.
Baby Baranda (@babybaranda)
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This is one of those truly insane ideas that somehow makes you think: “wow, the Internet is a really glorious place, isn’t it?” Its name is Baby Baranda, which translates into Baby Handrails. What does it feature, you ask? Well, how should I put this… This account is an homage to those short, less than a meter long handrails that can usually be found in the entrances of older buildings in Buenos Aires. You’ve probably seen them before and thought they were cute but maybe kind of useless, right? Well, not the people from this account. They’ve been hunting these babies down for about a year and a half now, publishing shots accompanied by the building’s address so that followers can go check them out in all their petit glory.
They pretty much have them all. Made of wood, steel, bronze and any combination imaginable. Most of them appear at a 45° angle, which coincides with the fact that they are usually put besides stairs to lend people a helping hand. Because, that’s the thing with baby barandas, they are useful and have probably helped countless elderly folks and people with reduced mobility in the past. So let’s raise our glasses for this account that honors the real unsung heroes of the city. Hear hear, Baby Baranda!