Instagrammers Brave Crashing Waves For Ultimate Social Media Snaps
We've all watched a bloke sprawling out on the floor to show the world and his dog that his partner is having a 'really good holiday'. Some people will go to this beach in Thailand just to be able to pose with a gigantic plane above their head...
Others, like this 'yoga-obsessed Instagrammer', will attempt to pose in front of huge waves causing them to nearly get swept away - just like Kate Upton once experienced during a topless shoot (sorry for the reminder, Kate).
Anyway, back to the yogi who got much too close to the sea when trying to get the perfect, yet dramatic, social media shot - and ended up engulfed by a giant wave. Well, that wasn't supposed to happen.
The perfectly-timed pictures show two separate risk-takers braving the crashing waves at the promenade in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, on Monday evening, with both nearly being swept away.
In the pictures, one unknown young woman poses in a Lord of the Dance or natarajasana yoga pose (something my body refuses to let me do) against the seascape backdrop as a male companion takes photos.
But the woman gets more than she bargained for when she disappears into the huge wave before attempting to run away as the icy water hits her.
Another man is also caught out - he's so distracted by his phone that he fails to notice the swell coming towards him - only to run away just as the wave breaks over him.
Luckily no one was hurt by the sudden swells hitting the barriers - although photographer Gren Sowerby claims they appeared 'oblivious' to how much danger they had put themselves in while chasing the perfect photo.
Gren, who lives in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, said: "They were going to extremes - I would say it's a bit OTT. It can be very dangerous but these people were oblivious. I'm standing back with a lens so I don't get wet, but these people had a total disregard.
"But if you look back to when we were kids we all did a bit of wave dodging at some point. If they come away safe then fair enough.
"I would have thought the couple were taking pictures to post on Instagram or online. He was taking pictures of her and she was doing various poses - a ballet, sort of thing, or yoga perhaps.
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"They both ended up getting drenched. Five minutes later they walked past me, happy as Larry and hand in hand. They had a big cuddle afterwards even though they were drenched.
"One guy did a selfie with a small wave, and it literally got him in the face. I thought, 'Well that's his phone gone.' He just stood there. It was crazy - why risk your phone?"
That's kids for you these days, Gren.
He continued: "The one with the mobile, he was actually with a girl who was walking her dog. She turned to me and laughed and smiled while he carried on oblivious. He was showing off to her.
"She was getting pictures on her mobile of him and he just got drenched. He didn't have a reaction - he jumped out the way in one, but he didn't get upset by it.
"He carried on laughing, to tell the truth. I suppose if you're going to do that sort of thing you know the consequences, but normally it's a fun thing."
Gren claims the unknown man then decided to embrace the waves and showed off to his dog-walker girlfriend by holding his arms out ready for the wave to crash over him for the second time - only to bolt at the last moment.
Gren, who has won awards for his photography, said: "It's a good spot for waves to hit and they tend to be really dramatic, depending on what the sea is doing at the time.
"These were really big waves. They weren't coming very regularly - there was a two or three-minute break between them. It wasn't a continuous storm like we usually get in Whitley Bay.
"You had to sit and wait so you could more or less time them eventually. When they hit, they would really hit and then it would go calm again.
"It looks fun and the photos are dramatic, but I hope that people are careful. I actually do some work for the RNLI Cullercoats, and they're always saying to be safe with the sea."
I couldn't think of anything worse than being drenched by some dirty UK seawater before walking around to dry off for the remainder of the day. No filter is sorting that out.
Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media