There are few things less irritating than having to spell your name out to people on a daily basis or having to tell people how to pronounce it. I’ve shortened my name and now introduce myself to people as “Sibby” due to the amount of times I had to tell strangers my name is not pronounced “Siob-han” and is not spelt “Shavorn”. But that’s where my name’s complexity ends, as although I have an Irish old-lady name and may have possibly been named after a member of Banarama, people do not judge me based simply off of my name.
Spoken word poet Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley on the other hand has been, because she has to “forever bear the shame of a ghetto ass name”. In her entry to the 2012 National Poetry Slam Championship she called out to all the little black girls with big names who have been pre-judged as dumb just because they happen to have what society has labelled a ghetto name. Sha’Condria makes an important point: that often these names actually have much deeper, meaningful origins, but even more importantly that a name does not make you, you rise and you make the name just as respected and known as all the everyday, boring names we hear all the time.
Instagram allows you to see exactly what inspires people and how creativity is drawn from their everyday life. We use Instagram to capture what makes us smile, what brings joy to our life, and what we are passionate about, and the accounts listed below are sure to inspire you in turn.
Here are our 20 top creative Instagram accounts that you should be following today.
Brandon Stanton walks the streets of New York City taking street photography, and he gets his subjects to open up about life details that even many family members may not know about them. It makes you smile and connect with the images at a new level.
Carin Olsson moved to Paris and is documenting every part of her experience, from the macaroons to the Eiffel Tower with all of its shimmering lights. If you want to go to Paris but can’t get there today, Carin will take you.