It’s Insta inspo time again! While winter is in full swing again (at least in Berlin), I’ve been spending a lot of time reading, watching documentaries or scrolling through Instagram. Especially the latter is better than its reputation if you use it responsibly. Here’s a list of my current top 9. Thank you for inspiring me, all you guys.
Édith is a french illustrator living in Berlin. She draws for a wide number of print publications like The New Yorker or Süddeutsche Zeitung and often explores issues of gender and women’s representation. I love her playful way of portraying (and sometimes caricaturing) life as she sees it.
Oh, those golden Obama days that didn’t seem so golden back when Pete Souza was the Chief White House Photographer for President Obama. There is something bittersweet and perhaps even masochistic about having Souza post photos of the Obama tenure daily. His photos portray a president, a loving father and a feminist gentleman. Things are looking a bit different now but I’m pretty sure Pete Souza’s photography will still be kicking ass in the years to come, wherever his lenses will lead him.
I’ve first come across Karina Rozwadowska’s work after the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. where she took extremely powerful portraits of women for Zeit Magazin. Karina is based in New York City and portraying women in their beauty and strength is her daily biz. Go follow!
I’ve been following Ruthie and her stunning interior and people snaps for a while but it was only recently that I discovered her posts have so much more depth than many of the other similar accounts. Ruthie shares raw and painful thoughts on her journey towards becoming more whole, self-reflected and healed from the crap that held her back in the past. Somehow, she manages to take her broken heart and really turn it into art – every day.
Tobi is a kick-ass German photographer and filmmaker and the best thing is: He grew up a couple of miles from where I live and we have a lot of mutual friends… Whohoo, fangirling much!? Tobi travels through Indonesia, Iceland and yeah, the German middle of nowhere and makes all these places look equally magical.
Susann and Yannic are the couple behind the popular food blog “Krautkopf“. They have also been in love for ten years (with each other and their cameras). Their latest project “Paul liebt Paula” is a celebration of love, weddings, and skin. Their portraits of lovers are pure, pure, pure magic and will remind you that there’s perfection in imperfection out there.
I think especially on Instagram, there is a danger of curating your own narrative about places and people, one that’s focussed on the pretty, the flawless, the bright. And there’s nothing wrong with that as such but I do think it’s incredibly important to widen our view a little – perhaps away from western capitals, matcha lattes and flowers from the market – and explore the worlds in other parts of this planet. Like Egypt, for example. A wildly beautiful country that often gets misrepresented in the media. “Story of Egypt” is a project devoted to capturing things on film you don’t see on the new. The good, not the bad.
Maddie is an Austrian blogger who is really passionate about social, environmental and fashion issues. She fosters a deeper understanding of the consequences of our actions (namely, consumerism), think pollution, animal rights, zero waste and fair fashion. We need more people like you, girrrrl!
Berlin-based painter Jennifer makes my mountain-loving heart jump whenever she posts a recent piece of work. She illustrates summits, waves and beauty products that look better than reality. Guess that’s the point of art. I’m gonna buy one of your pieces for my living room soon, Madame!