Where Are Millennials in the Great Outdoors? Look on Instagram.
Photographer Corey Arnold wanted to find millennials in the national parks. Little did he know, turning to social media was his best bet.
In order to find and document millennials in the national parks for the National Geographic magazine story "Can the Selfie Generation Unplug and Get Into Parks?", 40-year-old photographer Corey Arnold discovered that he needed to employ a tactic anthropologists call “participant-observation.” In other words, he needed to act like a millennial.
He wasn’t totally out of his depth. Arnold, who spends half his time working as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, and the other half as a photographer, is familiar with a nontraditional, somewhat nomadic lifestyle. For this story, he stopped just short of buying a pair of skinny jeans and instead settled on a 1987 Astro Tiger camper van, which he decked out with a signal booster and