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Follow These 30 Photographers On Instagram To Enrich Your Life

Follow These 30 Photographers On Instagram To Enrich Your Life

Thanks to Instagram, we can experience far away places, exotic scenes, culturally significant events, mentally stimulating and downright gorgeous images from all over the world. Adding a few (or all) of these talented photographers to your feed can enrich your life with purposefully captured visuals and impressions from places you may have traveled yourself, or new destinations you have yet to visit.

Here are 30 skilled and insightful photographers to follow on Instagram for a life boost.

1. Pei Ketron

Pei Ketron

    Raised between tropical Taiwan and the deserts of Arizona, Ketron has travel in her blood. She shares stunning images of her ventures, as well as her commercial and humanitarian work, with her nearly half a million followers.

    2. Ervin Raska

    Ervin Raska

      With an eye for structure, Raska captures the modern urbanscape of the U.K. in images ranging from minute to magnificent, and always pleasing.

      3. Aiala Hernando

      Aiala Hernando

        A professional photographer and film director, Aiala covers the pristine as well as the highly constructed in her travel, food, still life and beauty photography.

        4. Laura E. Pritchette

        Laura E Pritchette

          Laura’s painting skills seep into her photographic extensions. Her Instagram feed flows with movement and utter simplistic beauty.

          5. Sebastian Weiss

          Weiss

            Photo columnist for Architectural Digest Germany, Sebastian is a lover of concrete and sees the beauty in the lines and curves of the city.

            6. Iwan Baan

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            Iwan Baan

              Interested in the relationship between architecture and the people who influence it, Baan captures social currents and daily life through the structures that are born from the people.

              7. Ed Kashi

              Ed Kashi Methane

                Moved by social issues, from climate change to social unrest, Ed is a photojournalist who captures some of the most impactful cultural happenings in our world with a surprisingly intimate eye. His captions connect us to the the real people at the other end of stories we might brush past as a headline.

                8. Fernando Guerra

                Fernando Guerra

                  A Portuguese architect turned full time architectural photographer, Guerra utilizes his deep understanding of the craft and calculation behind the breathtaking symmetry which unfolds in different structures.

                  9. Lauren Bath

                  Lauren Bath

                    Known as “Australia’s first professional Instagramer”, Bath takes beauty shots of the Australian continent for a living. With plenty of ground to cover, she’s got her work cut out for her, and we’re more than happy to be along for the ride.

                    10. Nicolee Drake

                    Nicolee Drake

                      A Rome based photographer, Drake offers street fashion-type images featuring the framework and accents which set the Italian city apart from anywhere else in the world.

                      11. Tono Ariki

                      Tono Ariki

                        Urban landscape and architecture are the mainstays of this stream. Ariki has an eye for symmetry and double meanings in the visual world.

                        12. Jeanette Hägglund

                        Hagglund

                          Leave it to a Swedish photographer to produce images with such a perfect grapple on minimalism, with clean lines and crisp, stunning architecture.

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                          13. Joanna Lemanska

                          Joanna Lemanska

                            Though she doesn’t shy away from the Eiffel Tower altogether, it’s the everyday moments of casual beauty that really make Lemanska’s Parisian snapshots stand out. Great for those days when you wish you were in Paris, which, let’s be honest, is most days.

                            14. Sejkko

                            Sejkko

                              Trained as an artificial intelligence scientist, Sjekko creates a world that exists between the magical and the systematic in a genre labeled “Magical Realism”.  Offering short verses with images, we are granted a little peek into the photographer’s everyday journal which teeters between the commonplace and the spiritual.

                              15. David Guttenfelder

                              David Guttenfelder

                                A National Geographic photojournalist, Guttnefelder has covered news in more than 75 countries and was named the 2014 Instagram photographer of the year by TIME magazine.

                                16. Beth Kirby

                                Beth Kirby

                                  There’s food porn, and then there’s food and travel photography executed in a highly stylized and aesthetically conscious way. Kirby’s feed is the latter, relying on naturally or constructed alluring settings and tapping into the subtleties of new experiences related to food, as in the mushroom foraging trip featured above.

                                  17. Jeorge Nicht

                                  Joerg Nicht

                                    Based in Berlin, Nicht captures the energy of urban life throughout Europe, or in his words, “Impressions of cities in motion.”

                                    18. Ali Jardine

                                    Ali Jardine

                                      Allusions to classic stories and pop culture mixed with dreamy landscapes and a touch of the metaphysical, Jardine’s iphone-only edits will expand your imagination and have you asking, “Is there an app for that?”

                                      19. Melissa Vincent

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                                      Melissa Vincent .

                                        Along similar fantastical lines, Melissa Vincent shares her vision of Mississippi in a style she calls “Southern Surrealism”. She sometimes alters images and sometimes simply captures the natural when it infringes on supernatural, all on its own.

                                        20. Martina Bisaz

                                        Martina Bisaz

                                          Part-time scientific illustrator at the archaeology department of Zurich, part-time freelance photographer and illustrator, Bisaz brings a unique perspective to the natural world she explores. Her drawings and illustrations can be found on her official website linked on her Instagram.

                                          21. Q. Sakamaki

                                          Sakamaki

                                            Born and raised in Japan, Sakamaki moved to New York to write on American cultural phenomenon for Japan. He transitioned into human rights photography and has since photographed cultural happenings internationally as well as candid shots of his adopted, and original cities.

                                            22. Tommy Ton

                                            Tommy Ton

                                              Credited as the originator of street style fashion photography, Ton is a must for anyone interested in expanding their pulse on the fashion world.

                                              23. Garance Doré

                                              Garance Dore

                                                Lifestyle and fashion blogger and writer, Doré will keep you in the know with what’s what, while maintaining her approachable and fun demeanor.

                                                24. Robbie Shone

                                                Robbie Shone

                                                  From breathtaking aerials to incredibly rare visions of previously unexplored caves, Shone strives to capture images we’ve never been able to see before.

                                                  25. Christoffer Collin

                                                  Chris Collin

                                                    A prominent Swedish nature and landscape photographer, Collin captures and shares “beautiful things” with his over 900,000 Instagram followers.

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                                                    26. Karen Grubb

                                                    Karen Grubb

                                                      Self-proclaimed “part-time adventurer, full time daydreamer”, Grubb seeks the serene and the lovely in a personal, but majestic way.

                                                      27. Fran Perente

                                                      Fran Parente

                                                        An architectural and interior design photographer, Perente shares simplicity and elegant layouts across domestic and urban settings alike.

                                                        28. Herbert Schröer

                                                        Herbert Schroer

                                                          Inviting and serene, Schröer’s work is purposeful, stunning and a vibrant expression of both the natural and developed versions of the world as we see it.

                                                          29. Mr. 007

                                                          Mr. 007

                                                            Based in Tokyo, one of the most highly designed and efficient cities in the world, Mr. 007’s Instagram features pattern heavy black and whites of exactitude and brilliance.

                                                            30. Ami Vitale

                                                            Ami Vitale

                                                              National Geographic photographer Vitale’s work spans the globe and captures life, both human and animal, in its most wild and varied forms.

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                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                              1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                              2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                              3. Upgrade yourself

                                                              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                              4. Talk to a friend.

                                                              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                              7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                              8. Have a quick nap.

                                                              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                              9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                              10. Find some competition.

                                                              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                              11. Go exercise.

                                                              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                              12. Take a good break.

                                                              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                                                              Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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