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20 Instagram Accounts Of Photographers That Will Change The Way You See The World

20 Instagram Accounts Of Photographers That Will Change The Way You See The World

Instagram has about 200 million active users every month.  Most Instagram accounts feature your typical friends and family type of stuff–fun for those you know as you share in life’s every day moments ( in between the selfies and the food porn).  However, there are Instagram accounts from photographers who can bring you the world like you’ve never  seen it before.  A few on this list are members of photography’s elite, while others are just handy with their cameras and smartphones.  Follow all 20 of these Instagram Travel Photographers and you’ll see the world from an entirely different perspective.

1.  Joe McNally

Also known as the Master of Light as his friends call him, is pretty handy with his iPhone.  Good thing too since in his travels for National Geographic, LIFE and TIME he is always on the move.  Joe is one of the funniest men on the planet, or above it, as in this case high top the Burj Khalifa.

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    2. Corey Rich

    Rich has snowboarded in New Guinea, raced in the Sahara and train-hopped in the wild, wild west.  He shoots for, no surprise, National Geo Adventure, The North Face, Nike, and Sports Illustrated.  If you yearn for an outdoor adventure all over the world, Corey will bring it to your Instagram.

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      3. Jordan Oram

      Oram is instantly likeable.  This Canadian is a storyteller who reminds me, philosophically, of a hobbit.   He has a real passion for food, the brewing of ale, peace and quiet, and a love of things that grow. Follow MapleMusketeer on Instagram and you will feel the warmth of his heart as he marvels at his surroundings.

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        4. Dustin Snipes

        Snipes is known for photographing sporting events and extraordinary athletes.  His Instagram also shows off his eye for patterns and shadows and “why didn’t I think of that” moments, like this one below.

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           5.  Cole Rise

          calls himself an escape artist, and he clearly weaves his escapism through his camera.  He is a world traveler who makes the world a dreamy and magical-looking place.

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            6.  Darryll Jones

            Jones proves that sometimes the best way to see the world is through the eyes of a tiny stormtrooper.

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              7. Ami Vitale

              Vitale brings you the world through the faces of its inhabitants.  This Montana resident captures the  emotion of a wagging tail on a dog to the depth of sincerity of a woman’s faith.

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                8. Laurie Rubin

                Rubin loves animals and nature.  Her Instagram feed will make you feel as connected as she with the non-humans of this planet. Laurie loves to travel.  To see animals.  And nature.

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                  9.  The Travelettes

                  The Travelettes are nine women who travel the world–Katja, Sophie, Franki, Alex, Kathi, Rita, Marie, Annika and Caroline.  Kick back with them as you sight-see among friends.

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                    10. Dr. P. Munther

                    This feed is gritty.  He’ll take you all over Egypt, Hong Kong, India, and more–following him is an inexpensive way to see how other’s live.

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                      11.Brandy Byrd

                      Byrd’s Instagram snaps feel nostalgic and homey. Explore with him  and discover the hidden gems that make a trip all about the  journey.  He lives in Nashville, plays the banjo and has adventures.

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                        12. Flavio Bandiera

                        Bandiera lives in Italy and travels worldwide to capture weddings and special events. On Instagram it’s he goes light on the wedding shots and heavy on landscape and architecture shots.  (all of which look like very expensive places the average person could never afford to visit).

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                          13.  Aik Beng Chia,

                          Chia, often just referred to as ABC, turned to photography in 2008 with his purchase of the iPhone 2G.  He lives in  Singapore and his photos catalog the vibrance of his city.

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                            14.  Jussi Ulkuniemi 

                            Ulkuniemi is based out of Finland.  His photos may turn your world upside down.  These days he and three friends are photographing their way from Finland to Vietnam.

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                              15.  Vik Muniz

                              Muniz is a New York resident who hails from Brazil.  His world brims with color.  And pasta.

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                                16.  Dirk Bakker

                                Bakker lives in Amsterdam and he is in love with his city.  He showcases it in terms of lines, patterns and reflections.

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                                  17. David Guttenfelder

                                  Guttenfelder is a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer.  You know his photos are going to be amazing.  He only posts his iPhone pictures on Instagram and being a working photojournalist, he’ll take you everywhere.

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                                    18.  The Go Between Goat

                                    This photographer’s true identity is well-hidden, says she was born in Seattle.  She has traveled to over 30 countries, sometimes stopping to stay and live for awhile. Currently she is a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan armed with an iPhone and a Canon.

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                                      19. Jacob Maentz 

                                      Maentz joined the US Peace Corps in 2003 and now makes his living as a photographer residing in the Philippines.  If you want to visit far away lands that are more on  the remote side and less on the touristy one, Jacob will take you there.

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                                        20. Dan Bailey

                                        Bailey brings the expanse of the largest state in the Union to your Instagram feed.  Dan is an action figure who knows how to pilot a plane and likes cookies.

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                                          Featured photo credit: Joe McNally via joemcnally.com

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                                          Last Updated on July 23, 2019

                                          5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                          5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                                          In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                                          Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                                          How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                                          • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                                          • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                                          • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                                          • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                                          • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                                          • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                                          When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                                          1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                                          Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                                          2. Find What Inspires You

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                                          Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                                          On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                                          3. Give Yourself a Break

                                          When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                                          Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                                          4. Shake up Your Routines

                                          Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                                          Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                                          When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                                          5. Start with a Small Step

                                          Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                                          Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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                                          Featured photo credit: Anubhav Saxena via unsplash.com

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