Residents want Instagrammers to stop dangerously hanging off railings to take photos

Mar 11 2019, 6:01 pm

A Vancouver resident is expressing concern after multiple Instagram influencers have been bombarding their Mount Pleasant apartment building for unsafe photoshoots.

The resident — who wishes to remain anonymous– told Daily Hive that Instagrammers have been trespassing in order to access the colourful interior of The Duke.

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The photos show the Instagrammers hanging off the side of the railings to pose for risky shots.

The Duke is a 13- story mixed-used project that includes 201 rental units.

The building was designed by Acton Ostry Architects and boasts a soaring open-air court, fuschia-coloured public art piece, and eye-catching, colourful doors.

The resident told Daily Hive that tenants at The Duke have had to “escort numerous photogs [sic] out of [the] building.”

“I’ve already received numerous hate comments about asking these people to leave our homes alone,” they said.

Dangerous stunts to capture photos for social media are definitely not a new phenomenon, especially in Vancouver.

Last week, Vancouver Police condemned a video circulating on social media sites showing an individual sliding down a steep high-rise rooftop in Vancouver.

The video initially appeared on Instagram and shows a person sliding down the slanted rooftop with a camera strapped around their neck while someone else films.

When asked about the incident, Cst. Jason Doucette, VPD media relations officer, said these types of photoshoots put the individual, public, and first responders at risk.

“We encourage anyone who feels they are witnessing a criminal offence to contact their local police immediately,” he said.

Daily Hive reached out to both Instagrammers about their photos at The Duke but did not receive a response before the time of publication.