On a recent trip, a young PR professional introduced me to the term, plandid and it refuses to fade from my mind. You might turn back and ask “but what is a plandid or pladid travel photos?” I will come back to it in a minute. But before going any further let me clarify, I am a miserable flop at it!
I searched the net (only the first page of Google) and came up with some articles on plandid. The Urban Dictionary says- “When you plan to take a photo that is supposed to appear candid.”
And that hit me right between the eyes, it felt like all I see on Instagram (and other platforms too) are plandids! At times it feels like I am drowning in it. As I mostly look at travel photos, my observations are more about plandids in travel but I am sure they are everywhere, in food, in fashion and every other thing you can scroll on social media!
So how does one takes a plandid? Bustle.com has some advice
“So, how are you supposed to plan your best plandid? There appear to be a few main points. First, take approximately a million photos, so you’ll have more choices later. If your phone has a “burst” function, use it. Second, whether you’re going for “happy lady with salad” or “philosopher atop a mountain,” put on your best emoting face and aim it away from the camera. Finally, don’t take it too seriously, or you’ll ruin the whole casual vibe — a cardinal sin in this case.”
I cannot pose for one single photo properly, forget taking a million. But is this travel all about? Putting yourself looking candid against a great backdrop? How many times can I feel excited by the same look splashed all over my feed? If you scroll travel feeds and you will see a million variation of the same theme! And they do well engagement wise too.
I also happen to travel with some people who do this most of the time. The trip goes something like this and I am generalizing, it is not true for any one individual.
There will be a lady dressed in an most unfriendly gown for coach travel! But that gown will look splendid against the sea! I met someone who would change her dress at every pit stop in dodgy washrooms to get that plandid look! I know they work hard to get that particular look but is this why we travel? And is this what we need to go gaga over, again and again? On one trip after the plandids were done everyone went to a cafe, leaving the place completely unexplored! Talking to the locals, or curiosity about anything local is far far from the radar!
I am the last person to talk about authenticity and sanctity of travel because I will do all things touristy at the drop of a hat! But I can certainly talk about being bored and the plandid trend getting on my last nerves of sanity!
PS. The pictures 2 and 3 have been embedded from Instagram where the #plandid hashtag was used. They are good pictures! I don’t know the people in the photo, I have used it only because they are good pictures and they have used #plandid
PPS. It is me in the first and last picture! I fall in the #plandidfail category!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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