Follow Me: Photographer’s Girlfriend Takes the Lead

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Russian photographer Murad Osmann shares photos on Instagram of his travels around the world with his girlfriend, Nataly Zakharova, always leading the way. Osmann shoots the photos either on his iPhone or digital SLR camera and processes them using multiple filters in the Camera+ app before posting on Instagram.

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marina_s
marina_s

I find it puzzling though that they are writing about the guy's instagram, yet don't bother posting a link to it or at least giving his instagram account name. Or have I missed something?..

Enderby55
Enderby55

I like these pictures. They are a fresh way to see familiar landmarks. Murad Ossman makes good compositional use of the square format and commendably avoids the overuse of filters.

We have Nataly Zakharova, the girlfriend/model, but only from behind, so there's a narrative mystery. Is there an autobiographical element here? Is she really pulling him into these locations? Is he pulling back? Although these pictures make me want to see her face, I think they are better for retaining the mystery. (In addition to the narrative elements I discuss elsewhere, the inclusion of the picture in the aisle of the outdoor wedding seems startlingly personal. If the other pictures say she is pulling Ossman into the world, what does this one say?)

I imagine these are set up before photographing to some degree but they feel spontaneous. They bridge the gap between professional and amateur photography. While a social user of Instagram might make a similar series, he or she would probably not maintain the consistency of vision sustained over the considerable time and travel evident here.

So I will differ from the other (somewhat snarky) commenters to say I like these pictures and would like to see more.

Micarl
Micarl like.author.displayName 1 Like

Gee, remember when Time used to run great photography and not stupid gimmicks?

AK
AK

@Micarl Time still runs great photography, however they also notice what's happening around the world with everyday people and their creative endeavours - and this one is not a stupid gimmick but a fresh and creative way of seeing, with the use of modern technology.

Micarl
Micarl

@AK @Micarl I live in the art world. This is  hardly fresh, there is nothing creative about it, and really, it is a gimmick. Unfortunately, people are buying a lot of gimmicks these days, including Time.