TwitterやFacebookなど、我々の生活に欠かせなくなっているSNS。自分で投稿はしなくてもアカウントを作成し、友人や芸能人の近況&画像をチェックしているという人も多いのではないだろうか。

中でも、画像に特化したInstagramはビジュアルを刺激されるだけに、ファッションや料理など、自分の趣味に合わせてフォローすれば大いに楽しめる。ところが、ある海外女性インスタグラマーが「最近のInstagramにウンザリ」だと主張して、多くのネット民が賛同しているというのである。一体、何が理由で嫌気が差しているのだろうか!?

・「最近のInstagramにウンザリ」だと主張するインスタグラマー

英ニュースサイト『Independent』によると、「最近のInstagramにウンザリ」だと主張しているのは、トラベル・インスタグラマーとして、Instagramに旅先での画像&情報をシェアしているオネイカ・レイモンドさんだ。

31万人以上のフォロワーを誇る彼女は、特に女性ユーザーがInstagramに画像を投稿する際、「全てがありきたりな傾向にある」と述べている。例えば、他のトラベル・インスタグラマーを含めた多くの女性が大きな帽子を被り、マキシワンピに身を包んで特定のポーズを取って、似たような写真ばかりをアップしているという。

・全て計算された画像ばかりで個性に欠ける

Confession: I'm kind of over Instagram at the moment, that's why I haven't really been posting. One reason is that I'm disheartened by how similar, superficial, curated, and (dare I say) vapid many travel feeds have become (mine included). Especially in the female travel space. For it's no longer enough to tell a story and post an awe-inspiring landscape, it won't get likes. Trust me, I've tried. Instead, the winning formula for us ladies seems to be something similar to this photo: one in which we're perfectly posed (usually facing away from the camera), in a flouncy hat (especially if we're clutching the brim), and wearing a flowy dress. Extra points if the dress is brightly coloured, has a bohemian feel, and is off the shoulder. The best pictures show some sort of movement– maybe a swishing skirt (this is why peasant dresses work best), an arched back or mouth open in mid-laughter, or an escaped tendril of hair blowing in the wind. The line between travel and fashion has blurred and I'm not sure I'm a fan. I long for the days when there was more focus on what you saw and did in a destination and less on what you wore while there. Because be honest– how many times have you seen pretty travel photos all over your feeds with no background or context about the destinations they feature? No shade, but inspirational quotes from Coelho, Socrates, or Confucius don't count. How many times have you liked a travel photo where the only thing visible was the instagrammers (albeit gorgeous) outfit? Bigger question: why does this seem to be the only recipe for "insta-success" for women in the industry?  Many of the female travellers killing it on the 'gram have feeds that are fashion focused, or where they're the only subject. And biggest question: why aren't men in the industry held to the same standard? I don't write this to point fingers– I'm part of the problem. Instagram is part of my business; photos like these net me more likes, followers, reach… and ultimately more work. And thus, here we are. Colour me conflicted. So this is why I haven't really been posting. I've many more thoughts about this– might write a blog post.  What do you think?

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もともとInstagramは、“インスタ” の言葉が意味するように、生き生きとした「インスタントな瞬間」を捉えて投稿することが主旨であったはず……。それに対し、オネイカさんは「どのアカウントを見ても、全て計算されたような画像が目に付き個性に欠けている」とコメントしている。

実際のところ、そんな現象に彼女自身も陥り、反省するに至ったのだとか。確かに彼女の投稿は、まるで映画のシーンを切り抜いたような、いかにも “インスタ映え” しそうな画像ばかり。しかも、大きな帽子を被ってマキシワンピを着ている写真が多く、本人が反省したというのも納得である。

・特に女性は固定観念にとらわれすぎ……!?

Never let others' assumptions about you define who you are. As a black woman who looks young, is somewhat petite in stature, is very "smiley", and enjoys makeup and fashion, people judge me before I even open my mouth. Assumptions are made about my level of education (I have two bachelor's degrees and a master's, thank you very much), my life experiences (I've lived and worked in 6 different countries on 3 different continents, led teams and generally kicked butt), and my upbringing (I was very lucky to grow up solidly middle class, with parents who supported me emotionally and financially). People also, as I'm beginning to discover, make assumptions about my travels, presumably because of the way I look. 🤔 But little do they know that this "girly girl" is not only a lover of the great outdoors but of adventure in general. For I've camped in the Serengeti and the Amazon, ziplined in places like China, Costa Rica, and India, jumped out of a plane and off of a bridge (not bad for someone who's afraid of heights). And, while these legs may look amazing in heels, they've hiked in terrain as disparate as the Himalayas and the Hudson Valley; they've also helped me finish four half marathons and train for a full. Can you imagine I accomplished all this without breaking a nail?! 🤔😂 All joking aside, people's narrow assumptions of who you are and what you can do are just that– assumptions. So screw the box folks try to put you into. Instead, keep doing you, living your best life, and crushing your goals, whatever they may be. And always, always define yourself. What are things people have assumed about you? (Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica)

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オネイカさんは、「女性は、“ウケの良いファッションで、女らしいポーズで写らないといけない” といった固定観念にとらわれ過ぎている」と発言。また、もっと自由に “インスタントな瞬間” をカメラに収めて投稿するべきでは……とも述べている。

そんな彼女は、最近のInstagramの傾向にウンザリして、ちょっとワイルドな画像をアップ。コスタリカでヘルメットを被ってジップラインを楽しんでいるように、型にハマったスタイルから抜け出そうと試みているようだ。

どうやら、オネイカさんの主張に多くのネットユーザーが賛同している様子。フォロワーの数が多いこともあり、彼女の意見に影響を受けたネットユーザーが、特定のスタイルに凝り固まらない画像を投稿する可能性はありそうだ。

参照元:Instagram @oneikatravellerIndependent(英語)
執筆:Nekolas

▼大きな帽子&マキシワンピが定番!?

▼映画のワンシーンを切り抜いたような絵になるような画像ばかり!

I moved to Nantes, France sight unseen in September 2003. It was my first time crossing the Atlantic. Little did I know that my year abroad would light a fire in me and spark an international lifestyle. As a French Literature major on student exchange, I lived, studied, and became friends with people from all over La Francophonie. They teasingly called me "La Canadienne"– my strong Québécois accent made me an easy mark. In November one French girl, Angeline, invited me to go to the Justin Timberlake concert with her in Paris, which I gladly accepted. It was to be my first visit to the City of Lights. I was so excited on the train ride there! The Paris of film and literature opened before me like the pages of a pop up book. It was everything I had imagined and more. Cliché as it may seem, the city stole a piece of my heart and hid it deep within its folds. Even now, on my 14th(!) visit, my heart skips a beat when I touch down at CDG airport or pull into Gare du Nord. Paris, je t'aime.

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▼女性は、「女らしくしなければ」という固定観念にとらわれすぎ……!?

Never met an Italian basilica I didn't like… St. Mark's, Venice's premier place of worship, is best viewed from Piazza San Marco. However, if you're like me, and make the fatal error of going there at noon on Friday, chances are whatever views you have will be obstructed by an obscene number of tourists eager to behold its beauty. No bother, the square, if nothing else, is great for people watching and practicing your selfie game ☺… and if you're lucky a passerby will take pity on your poor soul and ask to immortalize your image. (O, the perils of travelling solo! 😉) Fortunately he was also rolling solo dolo, so I was able to return the favour. As for getting a stranger take your pic, here's a tip: before you hand over the camera make sure you set up the shot first! After I told him where to stand, how to focus, and how much to zoom he pulled the trigger and I wound up this beaut… I even took an example picture with him in it so he could see how I wanted the photo framed (Team No Shame, lol)… He didn't do a bad job at all and the bonus is that we ended up chatting for a good 15 minutes afterwards! Anyway, stay tuned for a future blog post with tips on how to get great photos of yourself even when you travel alone!

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