Did you ever scroll through Instagram photos and get a nagging sense of deja vu? There is a reason why. Insta Repeat is an account dedicated to highlighting the 'visual sameness' of many Instagram pictures, tracking the trending hashtags of influencers who see where the likes are and follow along to the same places, strike the same poses, and take identical nature photos.

An anonymous 27-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, is the brains behind the Instagram trends account. The filmmaker and artist told Photoshelter that “A purpose of Insta Repeat is to critique originality in media creation through the lens (pun intended) of this one ‘genre’ of Instagram photography accounts.”

Living in Alaska, a vast wilderness where so many 'adventurers' come to explore, she was struck by how the same few places and scenarios kept showing up again and again on her feed of beautiful pictures. “I have noticed it in general on a lot of different platforms and media and have been guilty of it myself for sure,” she told Bored Panda. “Artists and creators fall into patterns. But I think that what is happening on Instagram is more extreme.”

She seems to enjoy the irony behind these aesthetic pictures, often tagged with trendy slogans about 'authenticity' and 'creative living,' when contrasted with almost identical photos of other people claiming much the same things. It turns out that while many people may believe that they are pretty special, they are, knowingly or not, following a generic formula that has been laid out and done countless times before. “I chose the outdoorsy type to focus on because I see it a lot because of where I live but more importantly because I think think the "genre" celebrates a "free" and "authentic" lifestyle that is antithetical to the sameness of all the photos.”

It's certainly a fascinating idea and one that exposes some truths about the influencer 'game' that is being played out. She has attracted some negativity for this, but she says the page is not meant to criticize or belittle anyone. “I am interested in exploring the choice to make an image that has, in essence, already been made.”

“The most amazing thing that has happened since starting the account is people engaging in critical debate on originality and the creation of media. There are some really in-depth discussions going on in the comment threads.”

Scroll down to check them all out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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#1

Tent Hole

Tent Hole

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

I like the one with the doggo

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#2

Close Up Of A Hairy Cow

Close Up Of A Hairy Cow

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Captain Marvel
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2 years ago

But they're cute!

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#3

Back Of Head With Outdoorsy Hat

Back Of Head With Outdoorsy Hat

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Kala Subramaniam
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2 years ago

Love this one :)

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#4

Feet In Front Of Horseshoe Bend

Feet In Front Of Horseshoe Bend

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cwa92464
Community Member
2 years ago

Yea, I'll take that pic a little further back thank you very much. They are called "accidents" for a reason. yikes

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#5

Person Centered Inside An Ice Cave

Person Centered Inside An Ice Cave

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Nini Meow
Community Member
2 years ago

It can be the same place

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#6

Standing On Top Of A Car In The Wild

Standing On Top Of A Car In The Wild

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Happiness is Hippo
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2 years ago

They've even got the same car (more or less) This one is crazy!

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#7

Person On Suspension Bridge

Person On Suspension Bridge

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cwa92464
Community Member
2 years ago

I'll take "No" for 1000, Alex

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#8

Person Centered Inside This Particular Cave

Person Centered Inside This Particular Cave

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Holl Balls
Community Member
2 years ago

My ex was so proud of his “unique” photograph of himself on a large overhang on the Appalachian. Then a year later we saw at the dmv a plate for hikers with a drawing of a man sitting at the edge of the same cliff, same pose, and I laughed.

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#9

Posing In Front Of Starry Sky With A Headlamp

Posing In Front Of Starry Sky With A Headlamp

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Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

I love the night shots, but not the ones with people in them and especially not the ones with people with some form of light source. You and your beam of light are distracting from an otherwise lovely image.

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#10

Person Centered Rowing In Canoe

Person Centered Rowing In Canoe

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William Teach
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, in all fairness, it wouldn't be easy to take this photo anywhere else, would it?

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#11

Hand On The Steering Wheel

Hand On The Steering Wheel

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Holl Balls
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s just stupid. Do you want to wreck?

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#12

Person Alone, Centered, Looking Up In A Slot Canyon

Person Alone, Centered, Looking Up In A Slot Canyon

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Hannah Ingram
Community Member
2 years ago

typical wallpaper material

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#13

Person Standing At The End Of A Centered Dock

Person Standing At The End Of A Centered Dock

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William Teach
Community Member
2 years ago

Urge to push rising

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#14

Person Walking In The Center Of A Lonely Road

Person Walking In The Center Of A Lonely Road

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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2 years ago

♪♫ I walk a lonely road, It's the only one I've ever known...♫♪

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#15

Standing On A Rock In Front Of Water

Standing On A Rock In Front Of Water

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
2 years ago

For anyone who doesn't have a life: Get on Instagram and collect these pictures. Now you can make up well documented stories from all your travels and the wonderful places you visited.

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#16

Person Centered In Front Of This Particular Row Of Trees

Person Centered In Front Of This Particular Row Of Trees

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Holl Balls
Community Member
2 years ago

Those are some amazing trees.

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#17

Standing On A Van In Front Of Aurora Borealis

Standing On A Van In Front Of Aurora Borealis

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Holl Balls
Community Member
2 years ago

The last three are just Milky Way though? And first is fireworks.

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#18

Forward Facing Medium Shot Windy Hair

Forward Facing Medium Shot Windy Hair

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Hannah Ingram
Community Member
2 years ago

how did they put up with this?

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#19

Person Centered On A Green Pointy Ridge/Mountain

Person Centered On A Green Pointy Ridge/Mountain

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Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope I get to travel one day- I can't wait!

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#20

Red House

Red House

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 years ago

♫♪ My House! In the middle of a field.♪♫

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#21

Person Centered In Front Of A Waterfall

Person Centered In Front Of A Waterfall

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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

If you squint and scroll quickly, it kind of looks like x-rays

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#22

Person Sitting Alone In Front Of A Lake

Person Sitting Alone In Front Of A Lake

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Kerri Russ
Community Member
2 years ago

Some of those are in Glacier Bay, Alaska... gorgeous country, despite the dwindling glaciers that will be lost soon.

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#23

Wooden Path Centered

Wooden Path Centered

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Nini Meow
Community Member
2 years ago

Atleast no person to interfare the scenario..

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#24

Person Centered In Front Of Waterfall

Person Centered In Front Of Waterfall

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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Are some of these the same waterfall?

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#25

Vertical Phone In The Wild

Vertical Phone In The Wild

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 years ago

These all look like advertisements for phones.

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#26

Skateboarding Person On Lonely Road

Skateboarding Person On Lonely Road

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Lubomila Terziyska
Community Member
2 years ago

thats cool!

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#27

Person Centered In Front Of A Forest

Person Centered In Front Of A Forest

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Karen Giesbrecht
Community Member
2 years ago

A person centred on a road IN a forest. Lovely.

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#28

Feet In Front Of A Waterfall

Feet In Front Of A Waterfall

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K. LNU
Community Member
2 years ago

What is with the focus on the feet?!? There are gorgeous falls, yet these people post pictures of their feet?

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#29

Centered Bridge

Centered Bridge

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Magdalina777
Community Member
2 years ago

These are cool. If you manage to catch right the centre of it oooo this is good. The symmetry becomes mesmerizing.

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#30

Person Walking On A Centered Wood Path

Person Walking On A Centered Wood Path

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Magdalina777
Community Member
2 years ago

Now there is a person to interfere with the scenery. Previous version was better.

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#31

Passenger Side Window

Passenger Side Window

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay, the bottom left just looks like an eye witness shot of an escaping axe murderer.

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#32

Person Centered On Path In The Woods

Person Centered On Path In The Woods

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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Some of them look surreal.

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#33

Medium Close Up Back Of Girls Head

Medium Close Up Back Of Girls Head

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Desi Platias
Community Member
2 years ago

really love the hair though

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#34

Person Standing In The Middle Of A Centered Snowy Road

Person Standing In The Middle Of A Centered Snowy Road

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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

I bet these people are freezing their a**es off.

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#35

Person Standing In The Middle Of A Winter Road

Person Standing In The Middle Of A Winter Road

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K. LNU
Community Member
2 years ago

Are the last two supposed to look like they are peeing on the yellow line?

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#36

Windy Hair In Front Of Landscape

Windy Hair In Front Of Landscape

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Caroline Huot
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2 years ago

* Windy BLONDE hair in front of landscape.

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#37

Person Centered On A Bridge

Person Centered On A Bridge

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BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

I like the use of yellow and red. The people stand out and you can see them more easily.

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#38

Person Running In The Center Of A Lonely Road

Person Running In The Center Of A Lonely Road

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Magdalina777
Community Member
2 years ago

They running from a car? I'd suggest sideways rather than forward, more chances that way...

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#39

Person Centered In Front Of Waterfall

Person Centered In Front Of Waterfall

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Caitlin Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm so glad my photography is so bad that none of my images would fall under "centered" anything (waterfall,road,bridge,whatever)

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#40

Person In Front Of Waterfall

Person In Front Of Waterfall

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JillVille
Community Member
2 years ago

Icelandic Waterfall. So beautiful. My photos of this one don't have either of us in them. Just our Travelling Lego person :) I think it was Goth Guy's turn at this one. Banana man was on a rest day.

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