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The ‘Follow Me To’ photo series gets a twist for people stuck indoors during pandemic

Tweaking the theme of their famous photo series, the photographer and his wife asked people to take photos of themselves at home while performing various tasks.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 18, 2020 8:42:44 pm
follow me to series, follow me to home challenge, murad nataly osmann follow me photos, quarantine travel challenge, instagram quarantine home challenge, viral news, indian express The famous Russian travel bloggers kicked-off the challenge with some ideas for others. (Source: FollowMeTo, Roshni Shetty/Instagram)

Russian photographer Murad Osmann and his partner Natalia are best known for their picture travelogue, popularly known as the ‘Follow Me To’ series. But with the COVID-19 pandemic curtailing travel, the couple has created a new photo challenge called #FollowMeToHOME.

The couple’s photo series went viral in 2013 and had people recreating their signature pose, which showed Natalia standing in front of a location with her back to the camera and her outstretched hand held by Osmann. This series included regular vacation photos and even their wedding and honeymoon images, that have since been imitated and parodied.

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The photographer and his wife asked people to get creative and launched a special competition involving everyone’s indoor photography skills.

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МЫ ЗАПУСКАЕМ онлайн-премию #FOLLOWMETOHOME ! Для тех, кто так же как и мы, ответственно подошел к собственной безопасности и к здоровью своей семьи, близких и просто незнакомых людей, для тех, кто сознательно находится в самоизоляции и видит в этом новые возможности! Переосмыслить жизнь, профессию, открыть в себе новые ресурсы и, конечно, помечтать! Мы никогда еще так долго не сидели дома, но относимся к этому оптимистично и не даём себе скучать. И не дадим вам ;) УСЛОВИЯ Выкладывайте фото в похожем на #следуйзамной стиле из дома, ведь сейчас для многих дом это целый мир! Отмечайте меня с Наташей и ставьте хештег #followmetohome Страницы должны быть открыты! Вы должны быть подписаны на @muradosmann & @natalyosmann ! Отмечайте под этим постом своих друзей, чтобы как можно больше людей остались дома и участвовали в нашем конкурсе :) Каждую неделю мы будем выбирать самых креативных и объявлять победителей в моей ленте! Приз этой недели iPhone 11 Pro !

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“We have never sat at home for such a long time, but we are optimistic about this and do not let ourselves be bored,” they wrote.

Osmann clicked some photos of his wife busy in household chores — from cooking in the kitchen to ironing in the bedroom — but in the familiar pose.

Since the challenge was kicked off it got responses, first from Russia then from around the globe. There have been humourous posts as well as some that feature pets.

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@natalyosmann & @muradosmann #followmetohome. This would have been the time that we would’ve been back home in India with our families. However, 2020 had different plans in store. So, in this day and age of technology we still manage to stay in touch with family & friends while we self-isolate here in the U.S. But being at home all day also means consuming copious amounts of food and multitasking cooking while you entertain yourself, play dress up, virtually attend family celebrations and pray that glass of wine holds it all together. . . . #stayhome #staysafe #stayhealthy #staypositive #quarantinelife #pursuehappy #followmeto #abmlifeiscolourful #abmhappylife #nothingisordinary #artofvisuals #photosinbetween #watchthisinstagood

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@muradosmann and @natalyosmann #FollowMeToHome to "A Whole New World🎶" of Work From Home. As a software developer forever in a state of virtual reality and switching between worlds. Where pants are optional and 9 to 5 is just a myth. Where multiple screens are all the rage and so is 24×7 coffee and snacks. Where business calls get interrupted by your energetic hamster on her morning run or loud neighbors getting frisky cz it's "Quarantine-baby-making-time". It's been a month of work from home and I've seriously lost track of which day of the week it is. My anchor @roshnisshetty keeping me from getting sucked into the vortex of 0's and 1's . . . . . Our second entry into the FollowMeToHome challenge as a couple representing our lives during self isolation. . . #stayhome #staysafe #stayhealthy #staypositive #selfisolation . . #followmeto #wfh #workfromhome #homeoffice #homeworkspace #devlife #beautyoftechnology #happyfromhome #coder #backenddeveloper #programmers #coderlife #programmerslife #developerlife #codingpics #codingisfun #geek #popfigures

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🇦🇿 Əməliyyata həkim dəvət eliyəndə :) ⠀ Challenge- leri sevmirem, lakin bu sevdiyim @followmeto tərzində olduğuna görə qoşuluram. Dediyim kimi #Followmetohome @dr.gunelalieva! ⠀ 🇷🇺 Когда асситент противится заходить на операцию 😀 ⠀ 🇬🇧 When your assistant is a doctor, its not enought just to invite her you have to lead her! ⠀ CONTACTS: 📱(+994) 50 688 00 82 ⠀ 📱(+994) 70 688 00 82 ⠀ ✅ (+994) 50 421 66 22 (Whatsapp) ⠀ 📧 elmar-aliyev@hotmail.com ⠀ 🌐 www.eg-med.com ⠀ #Followmetosurgery #EGfamily #EGmed #EGsurgery #evdəqaltikişöyrən #evdəqalsağlamqal #evdəqal #dentalphotography #dentalimplants #dentistry #dentaltourisminBaku #dentaltourisminAzerbaijan @muradosmann @natalyosmann @followmeto #ecodent #bigsurgeonsluxurylife #perioaz #efp #anticoronachallenge #quarantine2020 #doctors

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Была задержана при попытке нарушить карантин, прихватив при этом всю наличку 🐾⛔️🔒💶 Не то чтобы муж меня никуда не отпускает, просто говорит «ну куда ты пойдёшь #FollowMeToHome, все же Салоны красоты, бары и магазины закрыты, деньги только на Штрафы сможешь потратить»… ❌ Эх, наивный, ещё не понял что любая нормальная женщина всегда найдёт где спустить накопления благоверного 😅 Продолжаю участие в челендже от креативной пары @muradosmann и @natalyosmann ❤️ #escape#quarantine#followmetohome#отпуститеменявгималаи#сидимдома#followmehome

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This is not the only travel-inspired photo challenge that has caught the attention of Instagrammers around the world. #QuarantineTravelChallenge saw people recreating their favourite vacation photo at homes or turning their washing machine doors into an airplane window.

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