Inspirational Instagram users to follow
Here a some brilliant people to follow on instagram. My feed is a wonderful hodgepodge of artists, photographers, bakers and stylists and all the different and beautiful ways people see their world.
Heartbreaking and sometimes moving, these instagram accounts show a deep and heartfelt side to life. Sometimes people and culture says that instagram is just for hipsters and fashionistas: these accounts say different.
Aid Worker Kathryn Mahony
“I’m Kathryn, an aid worker for The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). This is life in Yida refugee camp-the most remote camp in South Sudan & maybe the world.” Moving and heartfelt observations from every day life in a refugee camp.
||“… the man on the left began singing out of nowhere…Through translation, I learned he was singing about his youth as a shepherd– a time when he was responsible for ensuring the safety of his herd…
He sung that it was during this time that he learned bravery and kindness.
After the completion of his song, an interpreter explained that all members of the Dinka tribe have what he called their own “song poem” that people share at the beginning of meetings as inspiration and encouragement to participate… “
The UN Refugee Agency Instagram
“We are the UN Refugee Agency. Follow us as we provide vital aid and protection to the forcibly displaced.” Their instagram account shows portraits of the people they meet along with a brief description of the circumstances behind them. The photos are sensitively done and the photographer lets the strength of the people shine through.
Aramata Maiga, 60, lost two sons in one week when Islamist separatists started clashing with the Malian army in April 2012. Her first son, a solider, was one of the first people in Gao to die as the conflict began to rage.
“UNICEF works around the world to promote children’s right to survive & thrive. “ It can be a shock in my pretty instagram feed to see some of the photos from UNICEF but I think it is important to remember there are people who are living in darkness and fear. The only way to change their circumstances is to bring it to the light and not hide it away. To not hide the kids away.
Pakistan: A boy flies a kite in a camp for people displaced by flooding that began in late July 2010, affecting 18 million people, half of them children.
The Explorers on Instagram
Lena Rin: A breathtaking feed
Lena Rin’s feed is breathtaking. The places she photographs are like another world
Story on Indus civilization. Two hunters stand waiting for birds to land so they can net them. They carve out headresses and masks as decoys and lure in unsuspecting fowl.
The Artists on Instagram
He shows the process of his art which is fascinating and a brilliant way of learning.
Audrey Kawasaki’s feed is fascinating as are her paintings and drawings.
Dilka Bear Wonderful quirky artist. I love when her illustrations pop up in my feed.
Helice Wen is an illustrator who lives in San Fransisco. I love her delicate pencil drawings. Find her at Helicewen.com
The Irish on Instagram
Foxglove lane(Catherine Drea) Beautiful photographs of rural Ireland. Her photographs always inspire me to go out and just be in nature, even on the coldest days. Find her at Foxglove Lane.
Mark Grehan is a landscape designer and creative florist. He takes lovely vignettes of his flower arrangements.
Beautifully poetic and sensitive images from Irish photographer and blogger Eadaoin. She blogs at City of Blackbirds
Yasser is a Palestinian living in Ireland. His photographs make me re-examine the way I look at my surroundings and to see the beauty in the every day.
And then there’s me:) You can see the full list of inspirational people I follow on my Instagram as well as my wonky illustration attempts and too many photos of cake:)