There are some places where people travel from all around the world just to see the same exact view they've seen countless Instagram users capture. Whether it's for the history or simply for an iconic vista, there's just something about the Eiffel Tower, Azure Window, Grand Canyon, and countless other monuments that keep drawing people in every year.
But Rich McCor, an Instagrammer who is constantly giving a new angle to the most photographed places in the world, sees something totally different in these repeated vacation stops.
Take a quick look at McCor's Instagram — @paperboyo — and your perception of the world's most-visited landmarks will be immediately changed. The shots he posts on his Instagram account are the products of hours of work, combined with many failed photo attempts. In an interview with Vice's Creator's Project, he shared that he actually has a folder on his computer of his failed photo opps.
It was McCor's longing to get out and explore his hometown of London that first put a camera in his hands. The clever paper cutouts came later, and eventually piqued the interest of Lonely Planet, who sent him out to explore more of Europe through his creative lens.
But these doodles are not spontaneous in any definition of the word. While talking with Vice, he gave us a peek into his process: "Let's say I'm traveling to New York," he said. "Before I go I'll print out as many photos of the city as I can. Then I'll get a pencil and I'll doodle ideas on top of the prints. And when I get one that I think works, I'll make the cutout for it. But I still take my scalpel knife, cutting board, and bits of black card in case I get an idea once I'm there."
For seasoned travelers who have seen these monuments in person, McCor's cutouts are a refreshing, and slightly hilarious, look at buildings that have stood the test of time. Pair that with the fact that many of his cutouts are modern pop culture references, and you have an intriguing dichotomy of past and present that's all preserved on Instagram for people around the world to enjoy, whether they've seen the actual monuments in person or not.