On a recent rip to Rome, Oliver KMIA tried to visit the famous Trevi Fountain, but couldn’t manage to get near the fountain because of the mob of people taking photos in front of it.
The photographer and artist was later inspired to show the lack of creativity among people when taking pictures at famous travel destinations.
Using public photos sourced from travel hashtags on Instagram (like #followmetoo and #route66), the photographer created a hyper lapse clip – see below – to show how often people take the same, unoriginal photo.
In the video, popular travel spots make it like the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer, Route 66, there’s a whole bunch of passport photos and many many more.
Oliver KMIA explained the process on his post on Vimeo: “Finding and sorting the material took a lot of time,” he said.
“The process of aligning each and every images manually in relation to the next was very tedious. This is not a commercial project and every image appears for less than 1/4 of a second.”
“During my trip, I felt that many people didn’t really enjoy the moment and were hooked to their smartphones,” Oliver KMIA said further. “As if the ultimate goal of travel was to brag about it online and run after the likes and followers.”
“However, I was able to find plenty of nice accounts over my research on Instagram. Some of them were inspiring and lead by talented persons. In the end, social networks are just a tool. For better or worse, (or both). Eventually, I couldn’t secure a picture of the Trevi Fountain for my Instagram account but I still had a very nice time in Italy.”