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An Instagram travel couple say the 'stupid beyond belief' photo of them hanging off a cliff was 'not dangerous'

INSIDER logoINSIDER 10/09/2019 Rachel Hosie
a man standing on a rocky hill © Instagram/Positravelty
  • An Instagram travel couple have been criticised for posting a "stupid beyond belief" photo hanging off the edge off a cliff.
  • But Kelly Castille and Kody Workman told Insider that the position was "not dangerous," and they "would never risk our lives."
  • It's not the first time the influencers, whose Instagram account is called Positravelty, have sparked controversy for their boundary-pushing stunts.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

A travel influencer couple who made headlines earlier this year for their "terrifying" photo hanging off the edge of an infinity pool have sparked controversy yet again. 

Kelly Castille and Kody Workman, whose Instagram account @positravelty has 162,000 followers, posted a photo on August 28 showing Castille being held up by her boyfriend over the edge of a cliff. 

The striking shot was taken at Laguna Humantay in the Peruvian Andes.

"The world is waiting for you!" the American couple wrote in their caption.

"Behind the masses of those that wish to watch you lead a quiet and sedentary life is an open, unlined canvas.

"We urge you to take a chance, to push past barriers of negativity and oppression of self fulfilment and paint the picture of who YOU want to be.

"Never let yourself be beat down for living your life by those too afraid to live their own.

"There is a difference between risking your life and taking a risk at having one. We know which side we would rather be on, do you?" 

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A post shared by KELLY + KODY (@positravelty) on Aug 28, 2019 at 8:33am PDT

While some followers appeared to be inspired by the message, others were more concerned, both for Castille's safety, and the idea that the pair might be encouraging dangerous behaviour.

"Just stupid beyond belief that you are doing this to gain attention from people," one person commented. "This is the stupidity of the millennial generation."

"Do you really think encouraging others to risk their life is a good idea?" asked another. "You think the words you write are deep!! I think they are stupid."

Another follower added: "These photos put OTHER people at risk and I'm not talking those who want to copy you but the first responders who would have to put their lives on the line should your photo go horribly wrong.

"That's the real selfishness of all this. It's not your safety I'm concerned about in the slightest but the safety of others." 

The couple replied: "We are all to be responsible for our own, personal decisions."

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Castille and Workman told Insider that the photo, which was taken with a tripod and intervalometer, was "not dangerous" and that is wasn't hard to ensure they were both safe.

"It was quite easy, considering we didn't find this to be dangerous," they told Insider.

"As we have discussed before, we love to push our creativity and play with perspectives. It is not dangerous. We would never risk our lives."

They added that they were "not at all" scared.

When it came to their infinity pool photo, Castille and Workman explained to Insider that it was actually something of an optical illusion as there was a lip on the wall and another pool underneath. 

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A post shared by KELLY + KODY (@positravelty) on Apr 2, 2019 at 7:27am PDT

Equally, fellow Instagram travel couple Camille Demyttenaere and Jean Hocke of @Backpackdiariez said that their controversial photo hanging out of a moving train was made to look more dangerous than it was. 

Castille and Workman didn't clarify whether there was sonething similar going on in their cliff-top snap, but they stressed: "This photo isn't dangerous because, as we have said before, we like to play with perspective."

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