Wes Anderson has a certain look and feel to his films. Front-on facades, pastel colours, uncanny symmetry—all are hallmarks that give the American filmmaker’s work its signature design. In fact, Anderson’s aesthetic is so recognisable that Redditors are sharing scenes that celebrate that look as it happens naturally in the world around us. Now, Instagram users are getting in on the action, under the title “Accidental Wes Anderson.”
Users are encouraged to share photographs of real-world architecture and locations that exemplify the Wes Anderson look. The idea for an Instagram feed like this came from Wally Koval, who describes himself as an “Anderson fanboy.” Koval hails from Brooklyn, New York, and got the idea for the feed as a means to explore the background different buildings to find the “perspective, context and deeper insight into what these locations are really about—a bit more than just another pretty picture.” Koval says that he receives thousands of submissions every week from keen-eyed observers.
Making the cut to appear on the feed is a bit of a puzzle as it can be difficult to describe what makes a building or shot ‘Wes Anderson’. “The ones we see most often are a level of symmetry, a touch of colour—whether a pop of pastel, or an overall palette—and most importantly, something unique or atypical, perhaps some eye-catching juxtaposition as part of the location or façade,” says Koval. If you’re still unsure of what exactly that means, you can check out the Instagram feed. There is definitely a certain almost creepy vibe that is unmistakably Wes Anderson.
Koval also chimed in on which city is the most Wes Anderson, naming Berlin and Copenhagen for being at the top of the list, but there’s one that’s even more so. “We were lucky enough to have recently visited Budapest and Istanbul—both overflowing with rich history, breathtaking facades, and amazing architecture that lends itself to the aesthetic,” says Koval. If you’ve got an Accidental Wes Anderson location, take a shot and share it on Instagram—and help creep out the rest of the world.