One thing I’ve noticed about Instagram, and indeed photography in general recently, is that there is an obsession with beauty. Whether it be the seeming need to put a pretty girl in a bikini in an otherwise perfect landscape, or a half-naked buff guy there seemingly for mere eye-candy.
As a travel photographer this really gets my goat. I don’t care who you are. I want to see where you are, the people you met, the places you visited. I could care less what your butt looks like in a bikini.
And the same goes for this obsession with only the most beautiful and stunning of landscapes. Yes those deserve attention but they are not all that is beautiful of the world. There are all these little intricate parts that help to create the ecosystem, such as these patterned roots in a mangrove swamp in the Daintree National Park.
Not necessarily beautiful, and yet still beautiful in their detail. I say let’s see less butts and more mangrove swamps!