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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Caroline Huot 10 months ago

I actually think these ones are awesome. A glimpse of very different scenery.

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#2

Close Up Of A Hairy Cow

Close Up Of A Hairy Cow

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Captain Marvel 10 months 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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Tony Moon 10 months ago

That is an "outdoorsy" hat? no, that's a felt hat that people don't realize is useless in a rain storm.

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#4

Feet In Front Of Horseshoe Bend

Feet In Front Of Horseshoe Bend

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Ladies and Gentlemen 10 months ago

There must be a long line of people waiting at this place to pose for this pic.

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#5

Person Centered Inside An Ice Cave

Person Centered Inside An Ice Cave

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Nini Meow 10 months 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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Jo Smith 10 months ago

When I saw the first two, I thought 'well, this is the best way to photograph these objects, so not surprising'. Then I saw this one and laughed. This IS surprising! I've never stood on the roof of my car!

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#7

Person On Suspension Bridge

Person On Suspension Bridge

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cwa92464 10 months 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 10 months 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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Posing In Front Of Starry Sky With A Headlamp

Posing In Front Of Starry Sky With A Headlamp

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Tony Moon 10 months ago

By far the best shots of the whole series. At least these have interest, and not every one of them is a morph of the one prior to it.

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#10

Person Centered Rowing In Canoe

Person Centered Rowing In Canoe

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William Teach 10 months 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 10 months 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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CrunChewy McSandybutt 10 months ago

This is Antelope Canyoun in souther Arizona. It's magnificent!

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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 10 months 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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Jo Smith 10 months ago

RIP all these people :(

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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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Lyndsey 10 months ago

How can you see a rock on the water and NOT step on it? I'll be playing hopscotch on the rocks for sure.

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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 10 months 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 10 months 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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CrunChewy McSandybutt 10 months ago

This causes me so much irritation just because I hate having my hair in my face.

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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 10 months 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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Jo Smith 10 months ago

Everybody loves a red house.

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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 10 months 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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BusLady 10 months ago

I can't believe the girl in red took her boots off! Lol

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#23

Wooden Path Centered

Wooden Path Centered

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Nini Meow 10 months 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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Maria Campbell 10 months ago

Guy in bottom left pic, "Damn, I forgot my shampoo."

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#25

Vertical Phone In The Wild

Vertical Phone In The Wild

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Jo Smith 10 months ago

What the hell?

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#26

Skateboarding Person On Lonely Road

Skateboarding Person On Lonely Road

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Caitlin Smith 10 months ago

Well, should they be riding on a NOT lonely road? Also it is very hard to snag a skateboarding pic from any other view.

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#27

Person Centered In Front Of A Forest

Person Centered In Front Of A Forest

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BusLady 10 months ago

Now these really are lonely roads.

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#28

Feet In Front Of A Waterfall

Feet In Front Of A Waterfall

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Alex Darc 10 months ago

I literally don't get the feet/legs photos

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#29

Centered Bridge

Centered Bridge

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Magdalina777 10 months 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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Maria Campbell 10 months ago

Ah, I see I spoke too soon in an early posting. Seems they DID do the centred person on the centred walkway after all. I just knew they couldn't help themselves!

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#31

Passenger Side Window

Passenger Side Window

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tarebear 10 months ago

I NEVER put my feet out the window and I don't let my passengers do it either. If you have ever seen Deathproof you will know that doing that is the quickest way to loose a leg if you're in an accident... um spoiler alert maybe but not really :-)

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#32

Person Centered On Path In The Woods

Person Centered On Path In The Woods

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BusLady 10 months 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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Nikki D 10 months ago

All long and blonde or with blonde highlights. Hmm

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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 10 months ago

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

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Person Standing In The Middle Of A Winter Road

Person Standing In The Middle Of A Winter Road

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K. LNU 10 months 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 10 months 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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Joannie Goulet 10 months ago

Last one look so awkward.

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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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Maria Campbell 10 months ago

Finally they made their escape from the serial road killer who picks up random hitch hikers. Run, people, run be free!

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Person Centered In Front Of Waterfall

Person Centered In Front Of Waterfall

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Sian Houle 10 months ago

The second on the top with the black Assassin's Creed pose is Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota.

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Person In Front Of Waterfall

Person In Front Of Waterfall

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JillVille 10 months 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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