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  • I love Instagram and all the other photo filter apps I have on my iPhone, but I worry that reality gets enhanced, manipulated and modified every time I use one in subtle, no-going-back ways. I'm torn, because this photo was taken on a magical evening with friends at a beachfront house they were renting on the South Carolina coast. Yes, the ocean roared and rumbled in at twilight making me wish I could live there forever and be rocked to sleep on its broad, capable chest. The clouds in that big, big sky were cinematic starlets, their lighting just so. And the Instagram fake frame captured and contained that special moment on the porch with friends, Champagne in hand, conversation out of control. So maybe it's not exactly what I was seeing, but I think the argument could be made that it's exactly what I was feeling. As long as I can keep the two things separate in my own mind and remember that reality is sometimes gritty and not always pretty.
    (Photo by Nikki Hardin)
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