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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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                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                              Listen carefully:

                                                              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                              1. Pray Daily

                                                              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                              3. Smile Often

                                                              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                              4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                              How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                              First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                              8. Go Exercise

                                                              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                                              Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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