Photographer Captures Girlfriend Leading Him Around the World


Russian photographer Murad Osmann has been attracting quite a bit of attention this past week on the Internet for his images. No, it’s not his professional photos of people and places, but rather a clever project he has been putting together on his Instagram account.

It’s titled “Follow Me,” and features a unique perpective: each shot is from Osmann’s point of view, and shows the back of his girlfriend Nataly Zakharova’s body as she leads him by the hand through various locations around the world.

The locations include some of the world’s most famous and exotic places, ranging from Big Ben in London and Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Hong Kong to a waterfall in Bali.

The project started during a vacation to Barcelona in 2011. Zakharova became annoyed that Osmann was so occupied with his camera and started pulling him by the hand… but it didn’t stop Osmann from snagging a shot. That shot would spark a project that has now spanned over a year and many different locations.

Regarding the look of the images: Osmann snaps the photos with his iPhone or DSLR, adds various effects to them using Camera+, and then uploads them to Instagram.

He’s based in Moscow, but it’s his job that has taken Osmann around the world. He’s the executive producer of the film company Hype Productions. Although the images make it seem as though Osmann spends his life satisfying his wanderlust, he typically only reserves a few days from each trip to explore with his girlfriend.




















You can see more images from the project and follow along through Osmann’s Instagram account, which has amassed tens of thousands of followers.

(via Mashable)

Image credits: Photographs by Murad Osmann and used with permission

  • Sean

    great concept… WAY TOO MUCH HDR!

  • stevie

    She’s hot :O

  • MEEfO

    Rich entitled uninteresting POS. So much HDR compensating for the lack of interesting material. And the dumb seals clap..

  • common_tater

    All the old and experienced photographers who poop on HDR , need to remember that they’ve spent years looking at pics which are great technical pics but often have crap dynamic range, that is the constraints of camera technology compared to human eyes. And it’s a flavour you’re very accustomed to, you don’t like pics that show you not just a well exposed dark Venice canal but also the sky above. The above HDR’s fall short in some areas technically and some of that is intentional, but they have human like dynamic range. This is so much more important to me, it trumps pixel peeping and moaning about skin tones. What you see you actually get! These pics are great, I would have liked them less if they were a bunch of under and over exposed pro DSLR unmanipulated shots.

  • common_tater

    Only ruined because you’ve become accustomed to enjoying the crap dynamic range of unprocessed pictures no matter the camera. Now we have the tech to actually show what the human eye sees In terms of exposure, and the pros photographer go blech. The colour and tone is a choice of the photographer not inherent in HDR processing.

  • Max Hodges

    The post-processing is tasteless, technicolor vomit. Looks like someone ate a bunch of Skittles then gagged their self with a banana and vomited all over the screen.

  • John Amen

    Way too much HDR, I hate seeing good pictures ruined

  • Loganz

    It really is too bad, as many people have said already, that this project was done in HDR. STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT NOW.

  • response2Loganz

    Also, to those posters who claim that HDR is the wave of the future and that it’s the answer to older technologies with poorer dynamic ranges: Edward Muybridge used photography to show us what the human eye was not capable of seeing (the mechanics of movement). I will buy the argument that HDR also shows us what the eye cannot see, but the results are certainly nothing Muybridge would be proud of. Also, many photographers take HDR to the Nth degree and exploit it to its limits (HDR for the purpose of evil), producing photographs that are, in my opinion difficult to look at without cringing and entirely distracting from their message. Other photographers will use HDR to recover the REASONABLE detail they lost and produce photographs that are not cluttered with calling cards of their “technical” prowess (HDR for the purposes of good).
    In all of my artistic training, the best advice I received was to make your process transparent (unless your work is about the process, in which case I would like to see a photograph that is TOTALLY about HDR… but these are not that, nor have I seen one yet). This would be a compelling series if I weren’t so distracted by the HDR (notice how a lot of the comments in this section are about the HDR and NOT the content of the photographs?). The colors do nothing to contribute to the meaning, they only distract.

    ***Also, I don’t mean to be hatin’ on the photographer. It’s really a lovely idea and I am certainly jealous of his travels… perhaps he can go back into photoshop and undo the HDR, just for comparison’s sake. The series seems to be about the deepness of the connection between these two people, and the HDR distracts tremendously from that (the evidence is located in the comment thread… more comments about the HDR, not what the photographs do or mean). Okay, thank you.

    Oh, P.S. to the person who said, “they have human like dynamic range,” … may we all be someday blessed with the ‘shrooms you be trippin’ on.

  • Matt

    “Manic Pixie Dream Girl in HDR Land.”

  • Tim Ngim

    Some of them ARE photoshopped

  • nanc

    Murad osmann is an Arab name.. not russian.. Amazing work though

  • nanc

    Murad osmann is anarab name, not russian :D Beautiful work though

  • fernkz

    scrolled up one more time for that..

  • Egie Justiniano Cabañero

    This makes me want to do my own compilation

  • Gaichingae

    that’s exactly me point there is a Photoshop element in most of this photos

  • Erinko

    The photographers hand doesn´t look the same in pictures, especially on picture with BIG BEN… But great Idea…

  • Rrr

    I would follow her too!

  • csmif

    nice idea, but why ruin it with the over saturated HDR effects?

  • Yian Pap

    Yes, as good as art can be, it ain’t no match more God’s creations!

  • Zinmar

    Hot girlfriend with nicely manicured hand and expensive handbags! Lol

  • anonymous

    Most of the bsckgrounds look extremely photo shopped. One in particular you can still see the green glare from the green screen. And the effects look pretty bad, also looking at the back of her gets terribly repetitive. This could be a brilliant concept if executed correctly. Or someone was at least a little more skilled with photo shop. But for a personal family album they’re great!

  • jorn

    To not want to follow that around the world would be unnatural.

  • anon2
  • anon2

    Islamic name. Can be Russian .

  • .dr4ke.

    The pics only work coz they’re all one point perspective shots, else they’d just look silly

  • Elyse

    I thought it was wonderfully artistic for the Frankenstein photo, though!

  • koolaidman

    dat ass doe

  • Handy Andy Pandy

    This is beautiful!

  • sam dasher

    Really?! You gonna go and throw your dumb ass god into this?

  • adsf

    If his girlfriend was fat would the majority of you even have made it to the comments? Most likely not. There is no concept here, at least not what the gentlemen who shot this intended, The majority of you are seeing it as “hmmmm, pretty girl….and wait…in different places??? damn!” You have heard of porn, right?

  • Christopher Zylstra

    I would be willing to wager real money that there are nowhere near 10k people following Ossmnd, as is reported. See, I’d like to think – I gotta think – that some of those thousands are just doing what Ossman…, hell, what I’d do …. follow a beautiful woman around the world on a great adventure. As an aside; Though I appreciate the…. utilitarian nature of the garment, lumpy g-strings under a hot pink, skin-tight one piece cocktail dress while boating in Venetian afternoon sun is…uh… un-Venetian. I know, I’m gonna take heat for that… but c’mon… class isn’t absorbed through the pores, people, you have to give it some effort.

  • Paul Vincent

    The most beautiful scene is right in front of him all the time and the background is just a bonus.

  • Yian Pap

    Did I offend you? Why are you offending me? You are entitled to your own opinion as I’m entitled to mine. Don’t do that, especially when you’re hidden behind a monitor, it’s just cowardly.

  • Carmen Lamberti

    He seems very wealthy to afford all the traveling expenses and the fashion wardrobe

  • Stephen Burke

    the 8th picture, I swear the American soldier on the left is Tim Ferriss

  • Tyler Magee

    anyone see that thong in the last photo :p

  • TheClive

    Well done!! Did you figure that out for yourself or did you read the bit that says he post processes?

  • Tim Ngim

    I saw how unrealistic some photos are. I’ve been to Venice-you can stand up straight like that on a Gondola. (Nice ass btw)

  • Sandycg71

    Bravo Yian Pap….very classy. Nice to know there are some of you still out there :)

  • tony

    the back of your head is ridiculus

  • P.J. Sparkle

    I feel like, since this is something we are very used to, and since it is such a widely used medium, often used to produce works of very little value, it’s considered a bad thing. I think years from now, when he’s long gone, we might look back at this and feel differently. I think that his use of filters captures the concept of memory very well: When a photo is taken, it rarely looks the way we “see” it.

    I think he has used it in an artful way. In for of the peices, where it can be said that it looks “Photoshopped together” I think it adds to the composition of the piece, because it communicates and idea. The feeling of exploring a new place,the memory of doing it.

    Impressionist Photography isn’t really a thing, but if it were, this could be a way to describe it. It captures a fleeting moment, and the central act of pulling, and the hand moving forward, creates an ignorable sense of movement.

    Lost of photographers take shots of things in motion, but don’t manage to create a composion with “movement”. The presence of a strong diagonal is necessary for this. So even if a person is jumping in the air, it doesn’t have as strong a sense of movement, the way a composition with a strong diagonal, created by stationary objects.

    Anyway, TR DR, i think we’re too close to the medium appreciate some of this.

  • Zaobjektivnost

    Beautiful…not so much for a long-term single guy like me :/

  • Damaris

    Awesome. For me it shows how beautiful the world is but most important what love really is. Having the one to share beautiful times with, so sexy and sweet, a man following his woman to where she leads him, experiencing life together.

  • Shahed Ahmed