How To Instagram: An Illustrated Series
Do you ever notice how there are some photos on Instagram that tend to look identical? But you double-tap them anyway because what's not to "heart" about a cup of coffee with the prettiest latte art perfectly captured in a flat lay square, right? We stumbled upon @cayaline's How to Instagram series and couldn't help but nod at how accurate it is. Of course, coming up with your own tricks and techniques in getting that shot is very much welcome but here's a good place to start.
Who is she? My name is Carolin Hohberg, I'm a design student who lives and works in Germany. I'm a big dog lover and when I'm not working on new Instagram guides, I love to hang out with my friends, work out, or cook. My everyday breakfast is a blueberry smoothie. Other than that, I try to do something new every day. Take new roads for example or eat things I haven't tried before. I love wrapping presents.
Why did you start the series? When I signed up to Instagram not too long ago, I noticed that some feeds are really nicely done and I asked myself what makes an Instagram account successful. I wanted to post some of my handwritten quotes and so I looked around to see how successful letterers arranged their pictures. During my little research, I kept stumbling upon the same pictures over and over. My series is not a critique though because I actually love those pictures. They are pretty and they just work. We like them. That's why everybody keeps posting them and that's perfectly fine. At the same time, I love when people try new things and arrange their pictures differently but I guess the "standards" are a good way to start.
What do you love about Instagram? I love Instagram. When I first signed up I was just looking for inspiration and thought I'd stay a passive user. Very soon though I realized that even though it is an anonymous platform, there's a lovely community. People are extremely supportive and positive on Instagram. And there is so much talent out there, it's very inspiring and entertaining to me.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.