Yes, yes, I’m well aware that I kind of slated Instagram in my earlier post regarding the platform. It was supposed to be well balanced. I don’t think I did a terrible job, but I suppose the introvert and obsessive nature in me made it pretty clear that I prefer Flickr. That’s not to say, however, that I dislike Instagram. Far from it! I use it every day, pretty much without fail. As do many other people around the world.
The thing is, Instagram is still a wonderful platform to find new inspiration or even just spruce up your feed with a little sophistication. Treat this post as my attempt at adding a little suaveness or maybe even a little grittiness. I guess photography, as an artform, is all about opinion after all.
Anyway, here are my big five!
Koen’s style is one that I really love. When I first started using Flickr, his was one of the first accounts I chose to follow. I was delighted when I saw that he was also on Instagram. The depth and mystique he manages to capture in his photos is amazing. A shining example of what black & white photography is all about. Where he really shines though, is in his purposeful blur shots. When it eventually stops raining, I fully intend to practice blur thanks to the inspiration I’ve drawn from his work.
Raw. That’s how I’d describe Reister’s work. Again, almost always black and white. He makes use of compact cameras (Fuji X100T and Ricoh GR II) and is quoted as saying ‘I prefer smaller cameras; it’s less complicated to carry it with you wherever you go. I don’t like camera bags and smaller cameras fit into the pocket of my coat. Of course it’s just a matter of taste.’ in an interview with Leica Camera Blog. This is probably what I love about him so much. He’s using cameras any of us can get hold of and he’s getting fascinating results. Plenty of blur, lots of grain too.
If you’re after extreme clarity, Christian isn’t your man, but if you’re wanting raw, nighttime street photography, you’re going to struggle to find anybody better. Better still, his work is very accessible. He has his own zine, Driftwood, and he’s released two books: Alle Katzen Grau and Berlin Nights. Check him out!
Contrasting with the grittiness of Christian Reister is the Russian photographer, Fyodor Savintsev. Rarely have I ever seen photos possess such clarity and an account hold so much variety.
From dark, shadowy photos of Magnitogorsk factories and workers in full flow, to pure white landscapes and the oddly shaped, pastel-coloured houses of Severodvinsk, his profile is rich in everything good about photography as a whole. Let him guide you through modern Russia via his lens!
AMY J MONTICO
Another excellent photographer in the variety stakes. She states in her bio ‘It’s like a bag of pick and mix, you never know what you might get!’ and it’s absolutely true. A quick scan through her profile reveals some genuinely amazing multiple exposure shots consisting of angle combinations I hadn’t even considered, clear-as-day macros and mind-blowing abstract pieces that she seems to pride herself on. Follow her for something a little different!
Kinga’s account is what every explorer strives for and often fails to replicate. There’s variety in her work but the thing that stood out for me was the way in which her sequence of photos flows so well. Scroll through and you begin to view it in the same manner as a photo journal. It’s a genuine adventure of different landscapes that instead of flicking nomadically between countries, gradually change, like a road trip rather than a series of flight transfers. Her forte? I’ve honestly no idea. She’s great at everything, from what I can tell. Her photos have an old school glow to them in places, too, which I love.
You can also follow Kinga’s blog here.
Thanks for reading! If you have any other recommendations for photographers to follow either on Instagram or Flickr, please share them.