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5 Instagrammers Who Take Us Places

Take a break from oversaturated photographs and see glimpses of actual travel

Is it possible to climb Lamayuru in a bikini? I wonder. Or, is it possible to fall in love with a webpage spewing twice-daily images of footwear against different backdrops?

In a digital world hyper-saturated with perfect travel photographs, I took a deep look into the annals of Instagram and found some that don’t make a gimmick out of ‘celebrating the mundane’.

Travel is not necessarily photogenic (imagine a photo of someone being bitten on the arse while taking a dump out in the woods…or, how about the look on the face of someone who just had their passport stolen…get what I mean?). Travel is about the novelty of an experience, as seen through fresh, real eyes.

Keeping genuine, interesting subject matter as a priority, and lacking the usual overdose of filters, below are 5 Instagrammers who inspire us to travel in newer ways. And no, none of them is a management professional or a bored engineer with a fat paycheque and a penchant for photography to justify their otherwise drudgery-filled office days. These are people who make a living out of their creative pursuits, and who take us on visual journeys through lesser-known corners of India.

1. Raminder Pal Singh

Speaking of unfamiliar corners, one place that hasn’t been documented much is Punjab. We like this Amritsar-based photojournalist’s candid images from the foggy, lush fields of the northern state; they reveal a culture that is less of an Anurag Kashyap film and more an insider’s perspective.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVcezwQlRfX/?taken-by=raminder_pal_singh

2. Parikshit Rao

Natural landscapes and quirky urbanscapes can be seen alongside boomerangs, many of which highlight this travel photographer’s eye for nuances easily missed by a less curious eye. His photographs take us from the streets of Delhi and Bangalore to Trans-Himalayan fields and festivals. His love for music is apparent in videos of him playing the blues on a collection of guitars.

3. Poulomi Dey

From Mumbai to Amsterdam to Edinburgh to Darjeeling again, this photographer’s travel experiences are captured in quiet images that highlight architectural details, street scenes, and a clear liking for art and dogs. A photo in there of a fridge full of magnets seems to sum up her interest in exploring diversity.

4. Shekhar Sidhaye

There is a lot of Maharashtra on this page, and it isn’t the obvious kind. There are also Goa, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and plenty piscine imagery that show a love for the coast in this photographer. We hope to see more regular updates from this fish-lover soon.

5. Shikha Tripathi

This Uttarakhand-based Instagrammer’s images are more personal, providing a view of her sprawling mountain backyard and literary interests alike. A compass here and a Waldenesque sketch there reveal her liking for old-school travel.

Title Image Credit: (1) Parikshit Rao, (2) Raminder Pal Singh, (3) Poulomi Dey

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Mineli Goswami is a 24-year-old Assamese-East Indian, which usually translates into pretty good weekend feasts. When she’s not at her desk struggling with poetry – more often than she’d like – she’s seen wasting time on an assortment of things such as lugging an antique SLR, breaking nails climbing boulders, and chasing turtles. She’s graduated in history and has an unofficial PhD in Bandra-style jiving.

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