Instas You Absolutely Need to Follow
Want to spice up your insta feed with more than endless photos of beaches or breakfast food? There’s heaps more out there, Rashmi Mohotti writes.
Sometimes, it’s hard to find new quality content on Instagram – the algorithm takes over to make sure you see the same stuff over and over again, and your Explore page might not necessarily help. If you’re looking for a way to break that streak (not your Snapchat one, the other one), we’ve scoured far and wide to find the best of the best, who’ll have you hitting the follow button in a second:
For your regular dose of funny
Commiserate with and laugh at uni students from all around the world with these hysterical overheard conversations that are both super relatable and verging on bizarre. And if you’ve scrolled through their entire Instagram and still wanted more, there are also Overhead accounts for New York, LA, London, and Le Labo.
If you’re a fan of the many fantastic comic artists on Instagram, you’ll probably have seen some of Nathan Pyle’s work - especially his newest project, the wonderfully bizzare Strange Planet series. It takes fairly normal things, like birthday parties and coffee, and renders them weird through the eyes of stiff-talking aliens in a way that’ll have you squinting at your cat and calling salt ‘sprinkled minerals’.
Did you ever like making shadow animals whenever it got dark? Do you still like doing that? Either way, Vincent Bal agrees with you. His Instagram is the perfect exploration of the possibilities that come along with staying in the shadows, making cartoons from the shade of everything from water glasses to onions.
For the aesthetics
If you’re the type of person to instantly whip out your camera of choice when faced with a bright sunset, you’ll love Dongwon’s photography. His bright orange, pink and purple colour scheme is at once both pop-bright and peaceful, and it’ll bring a welcome sense of nostalgia to your Instagram feed.
And if your favourite part of the day is after the sun has set fully, Elsa Bleda has you covered. Her dreamy, foggy landscapes are cut into by the bright lights of street lamps, 24/7 corner stores, and any night owls who are still working or relaxing in their apartments after night has fallen.
Life getting too crazy and busy for you? Ante’s minimalist landscapes, portraits, and nature photography will remind you to take a moment to breathe, while still capturing the most beautiful pastel shades life has to offer. He’s also based in Sydney, so while there are a lot of travel photos, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of a familiar sight or two.
For Words of Wisdom
If you ever feel like giving up on studying (which is not uncommon amongst uni students), head over to Gavin Aung Than’s insta for a quick dose of inspiration in the form of gorgeous art. He takes both his own words and the words of the greats and makes short comics out of them, thereby giving us all a reason to keep trying for that HD (or a pass, some subjects are just hard).
In a similar vein, if you’re a DAB or FASS student, or even someone who’s struggling with artistic projects outside of their uni degree, Grant’s got a reason to keep going with every comic he creates. His introspective, insightful view of creativity and the world will inspire you to keep going with whatever it is, be it a foodstagram or a webcomic about dogs (or something else, could be anything).
Ever wanted an anthromorphic cupcake to chirpily encourage you to pursue your wildest dreams, love yourself, or socialise at a party? No? Well, you can have it anyway – The Good Advice Cupcake is here to help with whatever problem you have, alongside her good friend The Good Advice Cookie.
For some cool visuals
A relatively new micro-trend in the Instagram community has emerged in the form of dance videos that have glowing animations over the movements of the dancers – while there are a bunch of Instagrammers doing great work, Ofir Shoham’s work stands out for being consistent, dedicated, and quite possibly the one to start the trend off.
Photographers all over the world are fond of Sydney-based photographer Demas Rusli, and for good reason, too – his photography is electrifying and visually stunning, playing with lines and locations in a way that’ll make you gape at the way he looks at the world.
In the wake of all the arguments over music festivals recently, it’s good to take a step back and remember what festivals are all about – and Ruby Boland’s work brings all the power and excitement of live music to the centre stage with her fantastic coverage of the concerts she attends.
Rashmi Mohotti is a third year Communications (Media Arts and Production)/Creative Intelligence and Innovation student, who loves photography and finding new Instagrammers to follow – and should probably update her own sometime soon.