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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.

                                                              For more incredible photography, check out the 30 Best Entries of Sony 2015 Photography Awards.

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                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                              Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                                              Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                                              I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                                              You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                              Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                                              When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                              I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                              Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                              Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                                              If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                              Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                                              1. The Inner Critic

                                                              This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                                              • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                                              • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                                              • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                                              • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                              The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                                              Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                              2. The Worrier

                                                              This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                              The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                                              3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                                              This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                                              This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                              The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                                              4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                              This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                              The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                                              • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                              • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                              • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                                              • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                              How can you control these squatters?

                                                              How to Master Your Mind

                                                              You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                              Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                              There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                              • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                              • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                              This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                                              The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                                              Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                              1. For the Inner Critic

                                                              When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                              You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                              For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                                              You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                                              “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                              If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                                              This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                              • They rile up the Worrier.
                                                              • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                              • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                              • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                              • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                                              Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                              Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                              2. For the Worrier

                                                              Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                              Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                                              You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                              • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                              • Muscles tense

                                                              Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                              If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                              Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                              “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                              Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                              If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                                                              Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                                              Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                                              For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                              “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                                              Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                              Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                              “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                              Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                              3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                              Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                              The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                                              I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                              Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                              Breathe in through your nose:

                                                              • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                              • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                              • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                              Breathe out through your nose:

                                                              • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                              • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                              • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                              Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                                                              One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                                              Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                              4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                                              (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                              I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                              Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                              1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                              2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                              When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                                              From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                              For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                              If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                              You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                              • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                                              • Shut down your thinking
                                                              • Calm your feelings
                                                              • Simply focus on the present moment

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                                              You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                              Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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