As Instagram or Facebook proves, it’s pretty easy for certain aspects of people’s lives to be cut out, leaving a picture that looks all but perfect.

The same thing happens when tourists photograph a country’s famous sights, focusing on the awe-inspiring monument or landscape but leaving out the surrounding environment.

In our perfection-obsessed society, it’s tempting to crop out distractions and focus on the main subject. But as these images show, it can be just as enlightening to see how a landmark fits into an environment, and how a tourist attraction sticks out from a natural landscape.