When you're feeling burned out by generic sunset pics and blurry shots from your friends' drunken nights (and, let's be real, all of those "I Voted" selfies from yesterday), it can be tempting to delete the Instagram app from your phone altogether. It gets tiring to keep up with it all.
But before you do anything drastic, here's our list of 10 incredible photographers who are guaranteed to freshen up your feed. And each account has less than 12K followers, so you're bound to discover something new and exciting that you've never seen before.
I want my images to look as if they were a shot from a movie scene.
Mr. Iozo is a New York-based fashion photographer, and his work calls to mind an inspired combination of Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, and Romain Gavras. "I mix that visual inspiration with music to add a theme or mood to the image," he says of his process. His latest series, "Kiss Land (Vol. 1)," was shot in a two-month span and plays with projections, neon lights, and nudity.
Utu-Tuuli Jussila's photos have a strong focus on architecture, with clean, geometric shapes and a minimalistic style. And her eye for color is seriously A+, whether she's shooting a brightly painted building or exploring a more neutral palette.
We're amazed by how she always manages to find the perfect lighting for her photos, expertly using shadows and light streaks to create the perfect composition. If you're feeling the whole minimalism trend with a touch of pastel aesthetics, her Instagram account is definitely the one to follow.
Baptiste de Ville d'Avray takes you on a captivating tour of Morocco through his Instagram account. His documentary photography showcases people, landscapes, and architecture, with soft and often romantic color schemes. On his feed, de Ville d'Avray has created an entirely comprehensive look at the country, from scenes of street vendors selling colorful clothing to graves in an overgrown field.
He captions each photo very simply: "Postcard from Morocco." We only wish that the average postcard was as beautiful as his work!
The account name describes exactly what you'll find here - squares of carefully cropped and abstracted skin.
Within each composition, it's not immediately clear what you're looking at. Is that a... collarbone? A neck? Or maybe even a butt? It ends up being a pretty engaging guessing game, an exploration of the way that skin covers our bodies.
But most of all, we love how real it all is. From wrinkles and curves to freckles and moles, @skinsquares examines and displays the human body in a fascinating new way.
I am drawn to spaces that convey surreal or fictitious narratives, fortuitously photogenic environments that I try to carefully document.
Chris Round's photos depict a dreamy world that almost doesn't seem real. His compositions are almost always devoid of people and marked by foggy, overcast skies. Overall, his feed is full of haunting landscapes and other explorations of outdoor spaces, like the decks of a Chinese cruise ship.
Kostis Fokas explores the human body with a sense of eroticism, but it's one that doesn't actually violate any of Instagram's controversial rules against nudity. Through props and clever posing (and occasionally, sun glares), the models are covered up in a way that sometimes makes the photos seem even more provocative.
The pictures call to mind the carefree days of summer, thanks to the presence of beach umbrellas, plastic flamingos, hammocks, and hula hoops. (But it might also might be due to the abundance of bare skin on display.)
Andrea Koporova focuses on women - women in locker rooms, women on a badminton court, women in the center of a swimming pool.
Through a unique vintage-feeling color scheme (seriously, the colors are so good) and the typically blank expressions on the models' faces, Koporova's portraits are almost eerie. Soon, you just might be asking yourself, "Who are these women? What are they doing on the court or in the locker room?"
It's always good to have a dose of thought-provoking (and beautifully executed) content show up on your feed.
His photographic work questions our relationship to the landscape.
Fabien Fourcaud's "Sanctuaries" series examines the juxtaposition between fake landscapes and man-made structures within museums and zoos. "How can a fire extinguisher be in harmony with a tropical landscape?" he asks.
And all of Fourcaud's other series are equally compelling, like his oddly haunting exploration of a seaside resort's off season.
I believe it to be deceptive and harmful to put explanatory text under my images, as that can overshadow the image itself.
Ziemowit Maj has the unique ability to see true beauty where most of us only notice an ordinary scene. Maj's high-contrast photos depict restaurant tables, passersby on the street, and store window displays like you've never seen them before. He asks viewers to create their own impressions of his work.
Megan Doherty knows a lot of impossibly cool people, and through her stunning film photography, she somehow makes them look even cooler.
Currently based in Leeds, England, Doherty captures the very definition of youth, with hints of both freedom and rebellion. Her photographs showcase a subculture made up of cigarettes, brightly colored hairstyles, and close-knit friendships.
Follow her Instagram account for a chance to look into nights that you only wish you could have been a part of.