Great travel photography is an intricate combination, one that documents an area’s landscape, people, culture and history, sometimes in a single image. Thanks to Instagram, it’s never been easier to find pages that deliver aspirational images across the globe. It’s so easy that we are often inundated with pictures, making it difficult to discover those unique viewpoints.
What kind of images in this common form of photography stand out above others? We prioritise a skilful use of geometry in the frame, as well as knowing weather patterns and using them to your advantage. Sensitivity to a region’s landscape, both cultural and geographic, is also imperative.
Below, we’ve selected 10 photographers who offer a beautiful and distinct perspective of travel. Follow them and you might get your next great holiday idea without ever looking up from your phone.
For dreamy landscapes
A post shared by Franz (@franzn) on Jan 22, 2017 at 9:06pm PST
Franz Navarrete, based in Singapore, photographs landscapes with a dreamy colour palette that makes you want to be where he shoots. The alluring atmosphere practically oozes through his feed, a feeling he secures by using weather elements such as fog, sunrises and sunsets to create depth and mystery.
An architectural gem
A post shared by Connie Zhou (@connyay) on Feb 26, 2018 at 4:55am PST
In her feed, you can clearly see that Connie Zhou knows how to shoot geometry. Based in New York, she specialises in architecture but makes a potentially dry subject playful and enticing with an angular quality that gives each post enough juice to keep you coming back for more.
That you-are-there immediacy
A post shared by Ériver Hijano (@eeeriver) on May 20, 2017 at 4:31pm PDT
Originally from São Paulo, Berlin-based Ériver Hijano shoots all over the world and always seems to find a different way to see a landscape. Whether he’s photographing what you look like when you’re taking a picture or showing his feet in dreamy interiors, Ériver will inspire your envy with every post.
The overlooked moment
Although Sasha Arutyunova is typically hired for her moody portraiture, the Moscow-born, New York-based photographer brings vibrant colours and rich textures to the street. Her gift for shedding light on often overlooked moments can give you a new perspective on your daily commute.
For rural gazing
A post shared by Nich Hance McElroy (@nhmcelroy) on Jun 9, 2017 at 10:32am PDT
When he’s not shooting landscapes, Nich McElroy spends his springs shearing sheep for a living. The Los Angeles-based photographer’s pictures will make you want to live in permanent dusk – or, at the very least, wish you were surrounded by animals in the desert.
A rich character
I am lucky and honoured to have been invited by the Roland Garros tennis open to make photographs for their 2017 official book! I have been shooting for two weeks now, only one more to go… #rolandgarros #tennis #frenchopen #photoassignment #rolandgarrosofficialbook #RG17
A post shared by Céline Clanet (@celineclanet) on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:57am PDT
Céline Clanet is relatively new to Instagram, but her skill as a photographer precedes her posts. Based in Paris, her pictures range from cultural events such as the French Open (above) to poignant images of life in Lapland. No matter the subject, you’ll see a rich sense of place and time that’s remarkably presented.
A post shared by Michael Turek (@michaelturek) on Jan 13, 2018 at 12:49pm PST
One of the pleasures of looking through Michael Turek’s Instagram is how personal it is. It looks like a visual diary capturing experimental perspectives of normal experiences. Using multiple exposures or longer shutter speeds, Turek plays with the boundaries of what some could consider travel photography.
Portraits that go deeper
A post shared by Wayne Lawrence (@waynelawrence) on Jul 17, 2017 at 11:57am PDT
Wayne Lawrence’s photographs show us travel through portraiture. Originally from Saint Kitts, his work often revolves around water, and his sensitivity toward subjects allows viewers to gain access to otherwise overlooked communities.
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Looking at the photographs of Akasha Rabut is like reading a love letter about life in the South. Her pale, yet creamy tones whisk you to a world you knew existed but have been unable to see. Follow along as she documents female motorcyclists, New Orleans’ urban cowboys, high school athletics, and much more.
Adam Whyte’s feed shows a strong contemporary look at life and scenes surrounding him. You can almost see him answering his own questions while you run through his feed: Ordinary scenes are made complex by shooting through reflections, using flash, or emphasising strong colour schemes.