This video shows all the clichés of Instagram travel photos

Feb 1, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This video shows all the clichés of Instagram travel photos

Feb 1, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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It’s impossible not to notice that some types of Instagram photos all look alike. Especially photos from iconic locations, where thousands of people stand in the same spot to snap an Instagram photo in the same pose. Just think of all the tourists “pushing” the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Photographer and videographer Oliver KMIA decided to mock this trend, so he has created a video which shows the lack of creativity in Instagram travel images.

Judging from Oliver’s video description, he was triggered by the insane number of tourists crammed around Trevi Fountain in Rome, all taking similar photos. He remembered a video by Hiérophante, making fun of Instagram clichés. So, he decided to “make fun of something he’s a part of.”  Although he’s also a tourist, he mocked all the cliché images the majority of tourists snap for their Instagram profiles.

You’ll see all the familiar photos and popular hashtags in the video. There’s a guy following a girl and holding her hand, a passport photo, an airplane wing, certain kinds of food… There are also some iconic locations visited by millions of tourists every year. Everything in this video is photographed so many times, with so little creativity.

Oliver also reflects on the environmental impact taking these photos can sometimes have. It’s becoming more and more common that people destroy nature just because everyone wants to take the photo at the exact same spot, so they can post it online. Just remember the recent example: people are climbing a brittle willow tree in Lake Wanaka just so they can take photos.

The number of tourists is now greater than ever. Also, it’s paired with the need to document everything in order to brag about it on social networks. As a result, we get hundreds if not thousands of photos that all look almost the same. Oliver wanted to mock this phenomenon, and I think he did it well.

Just to be clear, I don’t think everyone takes photos on travels just so they can brag about it on Instagram. Oliver doesn’t either, and he writes in in the video description. There are plenty of beautiful, creative photos, even from the locations photographed thousands of times. So, let this video amuse you, but also be a reminder to always look for unique perspectives and think outside the box. Even when you visit the popular places everyone takes photos of.

If you’d like to see more of Oliver’s work, make sure to visit his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

[Instravel – A Photogenic Mass Tourism Experience via DPReview]

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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9 responses to “This video shows all the clichés of Instagram travel photos”

  1. Johnny Lewis Avatar
    Johnny Lewis

    What’s wrong with visual cliches if they facility simple story telling? Not every story we tell needs to rise to the level of literature or any other high art.

    Have fun.

  2. Steve Snaps Avatar
    Steve Snaps

    Nothing really
    Just have seen most being created haha

  3. Steve Snaps Avatar
    Steve Snaps

    On a purely photographic note just think outside the Box :)

    1. Bolkey Avatar
      Bolkey

      I’ve heard that so often: it must be a cliche too.

  4. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    No copyright violation ? Did this guy asked all these people (both photographer and model) ?

    1. cranberryhiker Avatar
      cranberryhiker

      There is a special exemption for parody.

  5. Steve Snaps Avatar
    Steve Snaps

    In theory you are correct Laurent Roy But in the digital age the reality is not like theory

  6. Ignasi Jacob Avatar
    Ignasi Jacob

    Be different. Be yourself. Be equal. Be. Bah.

  7. Nicholas Wittwer Avatar
    Nicholas Wittwer

    I’ve never been able to pull off the bikini in front of a mirror shot. :(