This Girl Spent Two Years Taking Selfies With Unsuspecting Strangers Making Out In The Background

In the summer of 2016, a Redditor named sofiagia posted an Imgur album to the popular discussion website. The album was entitled, “This is the only reason I go out… two years in the making.” So what on earth had she spent two whole years of her life doing?

Well, as it turned out, the album was full of shots of sofiagia posing in front of people who were committing terrible public displays of affections, or PDAs. And it seems that sofiagia – a young woman from Vancouver – has been very devoted to this strange project.

At first glance, though, it was a little hard to tell what was going on. Did sofiagia even know these folks with their tongues in each other’s mouths? Or had she just sneaked up on complete strangers and caught them in the act?

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The post similarly confused some Redditors. “Can’t tell if you’re just always the third wheel or you have an odd fascination with photobombing random folks mid PDA,” mused one Redditor. But sofiagia reassured them it was the latter.

So why go to such lengths? Why spend two whole years documenting other people’s love lives? Well, sofiagia said, “I am a firm believer that everyone needs to laugh at themselves and making out in public in a sweaty club is hilarious.”

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She added, “I wingman my friends of course, but they know what will happen if they hook up with someone in front of me.” No kidding – they’ll be photographed at the height of their passion and put on the internet for all to see.

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It seemed that this sneaky photographer has a partner in crime, too, because some of the pictures that she uploaded clearly weren’t selfies. Perhaps it was one of the aforementioned friends, figuring that if you couldn’t beat ’em you might as well join ’em?

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Sofiagia was also cavalier about her phone’s less-than-stellar camera. “You should get a phone that takes higher quality pictures,” one critic remarked. “Please recommend one,” she replied.

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But despite the blurriness, these PDA-exposing pictures are very funny indeed. And the faces sofiagia pulls in them are even funnier. Some Redditors, however, weren’t quite so impressed with her photo series, no matter how wittily it was put together.

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Not that she cared. “Kinda creepy?” one person asked. “I’d said very creepy,” sofiagia casually responded. But that did raise an important question: is it really okay to take pictures of strangers and post them online, without their knowledge or consent?

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In fact, one Redditor argued that if sofiaga had been a man, the reception would’ve been entirely different. “If OP’s gender was male, this post would just get downvoted to hell and be called ‘creepy,’” the user remarked. “I still don’t understand the point of this,” said another commentator. “Isn’t it just some girl taking a ‘selfie’ while creeping on couples kissing?”

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And sure, sofiaga’s critics may have had a point – not least because she herself admitted it was a tad creepy. But on the other hand, photobombing has proved to be a massively popular modern phenomenon that has produced several comedy classics.

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Another popular Reddit post, for example, involved a man photobombing reclining strangers who hadn’t pulled their pants up properly. And his serious face next to sneaky pictures of bare-bottomed men cracked (if you’ll excuse the pun) the internet up. So was that really so different from sofiagia’s shots?

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But while it’s true that photobombs like these are undoubtedly humorous, there can be a much darker side to photographing unsuspecting strangers. For example, in 2015 another Redditor posted pictures of Sean O’Brien, who would later become known as “Dancing Man.” These pictures were cruelly taken just to shame him for being overweight, and the internet was enraged by the mockery.

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And recently, Playboy model Dani Mathers got into big trouble when she took a picture of an oblivious, and naked, 70-year-old woman in a gym shower. The playmate publicly mocked the elderly lady on Snapchat, and she could actually face a prison sentence because of it.

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Sofiagia’s photobombs aren’t anywhere near as serious as that, however. For a start, all the people she photographed were clothed. Plus, most of them can’t be easily identified either – especially not in the dark.

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And public displays of affection are in themselves a bit of a gray area, too. The name says it all, really: they’re committed in public. In fact, some people seem to do it because they actually desire the attention. But does that really give others the right to photograph them and post them online?

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How the average person perceives a PDA can differ drastically from country to country as well. China and India, for example, have very different rules and expectations regarding kissing in public – rules that would seem very unnerving to the average Westerner.

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It remains to be seen how the the unsuspecting lovers in sofiagia’s photos will react should they recognize their amorous images on the internet. In today’s tech-savvy society, though – where nearly every person carries a camera-equipped smartphone – the rules are definitely changing.

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In fact, it’s sort of generally accepted that if you’re at a busy public place – especially a club or a party – you’re going to end up in someone’s photo somewhere. One thing is certain, however: should sofiagia herself ever commit PDA in public, she can’t complain if someone photobombs her.

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