For Russian photographer Murad Osmann and girlfriend Nataly Zakharova, an act of annoyance morphed into an Instagram hit.
Over the last three years, more than one million people have followed the couple around the world, with Zakharova leading the lensman by the hand in every shot.
Osmann started the “Follow Me” project by accident on holiday in Barcelona when Zakharova, tired of him constantly stopping to take pictures, pulled him by the hand to get him moving. He snapped a photo of her from behind and an Instagram sensation was born.
Now, their focus is on Hong Kong, thanks to the city’s tourism board. Over a weeklong visit this week, the couple will take in more than 10 Hong Kong attractions, including a trip to the Big Buddha, a tram tour and a junk boat ride. All the while, Osmann will snap away as Zakharova takes the lead.
Osmann said Hong Kong is a romantic city and they visited here once back in 2012.
According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, about 224,000 Russian tourists visited Hong Kong last year, up by 20 percent from the previous year. More than 62,000 visitors were from Russia in the first quarter. Overnight Russian visitors spent an average of HK$9,258 per person, compared with HK$8,937 per person spent by mainland visitors.
The Hong Kong installment of “Follow Me” will be uploaded to Instagram in November.
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