Russian photographer Murad Osmann has launched a wildly original series of Instagram images he calls “Follow Me To” which chronicle his travel adventures around the world while being led by his girlfriend Nataly Zakharova.
The hook to Osmann's latest photos is a thematic composition which features his own extended arm in the frame grasping his girlfriend's hand as she leads him to numerous exotic destinations across the globe — her back is deliberately turned away from the camera, never revealing her face.
Each image is posted on Instagram with the #followmeto hashtag which includes the name of the destination as well.
While some follow me photos are simply a night out at a bowling alley or a day at Disneyland — most of the images are perfectly inspiring, filled with vibrant colors and exotic locations across the world like rice fields in Bali, a hotel pool overlooking Singapore (above) or in a gondola on the canals of Venice.
While his current series is grabbing all the attention, you'll find Murad's portrait work to be equally stunning. The People and Portraits section of his website definitely show off this photography chops, featuring characters that clearly communicate his wild creative flair.
This artist's Instagram photostream does feature more than just his current series, revealing some playful shots of the couple without Nataly Zakharova's back turned away from the camera.
I asked Murad what gear he uses to capture his images abroad and I was not too surprised by his answer.
“Initially it was iPhone only, then I have started using a Canon 5D and Fuji X1 Pro.” said Murad. “I was shooting on iPhone 4. Then I bought an iPhone 5, but sank it in the pool right after the follow me picture with the inflatable duck in a Singapore hotel.”
There are no gallery shows planned for this Russian photographer, at least not in the immediate future — but Murad told iPhone Savior that he's hoping to find time to eventually print out his “Follow Me To” series and put them on display.
For now, Osmann will remain tightly focused on the backside of his most valuable asset until he finally calls this series complete.