Sham Jolimie is a photographer featured in this Fstoppers article. Her haunting animal portraits are a thing of beauty. Jolimie is an advocate for animal welfare and social justice and her portraits of animals, particularly wild animals, shine a light on their humanity (for lack of a better word) and ask us to see them differently.
Her shot of an owl in the rain has captured many hearts for its raw emotion.
“I shot this precious moment on a rainy monsoon day. I stood in ankle deep rainwater and shared a silent conversation with this shivering wet owl. We stared at each other for a long while. Its deep intelligent eyes and sad demeanour changed my perception of birds forever. They are more sentient and self-aware than I ever imagined. Owls have tiny facial muscles that allow them to show their feelings on their faces, just like humans.”
Jolimie’s Instagram is filled with shots like this and more. Without doubt you’ll find creative inspiration and beautiful photography.
I found Emma Howells’ photography after reading a PetaPixel article entitled Dear Men: Stop Disrespecting Women Photographers in the Field. In the article Howells shares her experience of women having to prove themselves on a daily basis to their male counterparts.
“Ever since my initial post, I’ve received an abundance of comments and messages from other women photographers with their own similar experiences. I assumed this was happening to all of the female photographers I knew, even the ones so madly talented that I felt too starstruck to approach. But in this case, talent isn’t even relevant, is it? Whether or not you know of our work when you first meet us, why not treat us with respect? Part of what kept me quiet at first was self-doubt in my own work — maybe I wasn’t deserving of their respect. But in this case, the work itself isn’t the problem.”
Howells is a visual journalist and after reading her article I went over to her Instagram. Just as you would expect from a talented photo journalist, her images are bursting with story. I loved looking through her beautiful images and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them too.
I found Matt Stuart‘s street photography in a LensCulture interview. I was immediately drawn in to his images for his eye for the quirky and humorous in everyday life.
I also loved this upbeat and supportive quote which is good for street photographers and life in general. The sentiments of it are echoed in his photography.
“Be patient, optimistic; remember to smile, both for others, and for yourself. Don’t get depressed when you miss the shot; there’s just another around the corner if you keep your eyes open.”
This is why I really enjoyed his instagram feed – it is filled with great street photography that will make you smile and appreciate the quirky, humorous world we live in. He has such a great eye for street photography and I’m sure you’ll enjoy scrolling through his work.
I found Ng Weijiang (@orhganic) through an article on Exposure Guide where you can see some of his incredibly cool collages made by taking advantage of the Instagram layout to create larger art pieces composed of individual posts.
His feed is a beautiful blockwork of monochromatic photography. Most of his work is street photography and architecture in subject – always well composed with interesting perspectives. Every now and then you see the beginnings of one of his collages starting to take shape one square at a time. It’s magnificent!
I’m positive you’ll enjoy following him as he journeys through the urban world and occasionally turns it on its head one square at a time.
Beat The Grind is a travel blogger with an amazing eye for capturing a place and its people.
You can read about his travels on the Beat The Grind blog in a bit more detail but if you’re not into reading, no problem! His Instagram feed is stunning and you’ll see the world as if you were travelling by his side.
What I really enjoy is Beat The Grind is not just about the sights; it’s about the people who live there, their way of life, their street art, food, and what happens to be going on there at the time. It’s the full story.
A great feed to follow for some awesome visual storytelling.
I discovered Brice Portolano through a Lens Culture article; Arctic Love: Way, Way Out in the Wilderness in which Portolano talks about the beginnings of his No Signal series of photo essays. The photos in the Lens Culture article are from his Arctic Love photo essay which is one of four in his No Signal series.
“With over half of the world’s population living in urban areas, man has never been so disconnected from nature and the open spaces. Through the photography project ‘No Signal’ started in 2013, Brice Portolano documents the return of man to nature in the western world and the reflections surrounding this issue.”
The hauntingly beautiful images from Arctic Love led me to his website where you can see the rest of this project and his other work. Ultimately I ended up on his Instagram feed to follow him and his work and you will not be disappointed. The beauty continues there and I believe you will enjoy following him as he continues to share images of his projects and travels creating a captivating Instagram feed.
Instagram is one of my favourite creative outlets. The opportunities for creative expression with Instagram are endless and one of the main reasons is because you are free to experiment.
A couple of shells, take some photos, a bit of playing around in Snapseed and you’ve made a lovely image for Instagram.
Your photos don’t need to be perfect shots or your portfolio best. You can be creative with perspective, colour, composition, and editing and get feedback from your followers. You can just practise and play.
Instagram is a wonderful community; everything goes, anything is possible, and everyone can just let go and create. You don’t need to agonise over what to upload; you can be free, try new things, and keep your creative juices flowing. There are also thousands of other highly creative people out there to follow and inspire you!
If you’re interested in still life photography, 10 Tips to Get Started with Still Life Photography will help you on your way to creating beautiful still lifes easily at home that’ll have you busting out your creative moves. And what will you do with these images? Instagram them of course!