A bird must eat at least half its own weight in food each day to survive.(via factsandreality)
Local Lens: Finding Peace in Tokyo with @hirozzzz
In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To explore more of Tokyo, follow @hirozzzz on Instagram.
Tokyo Instagrammer Hiroaki Fukuda (@hirozzzz) is one of the many who have fallen in love with the dense crowds that populate the Tokyo cityscape. From the industrial areas of the Tokyo Bay to Tokyo Tower standing in the heart of the city, Tokyo’s dynamic scenery is one-of-a-kind. For Hiroaki, the beautiful constructions found all over the city fuel his creativity on Instagram.
Hiroaki likes to capture places like the tranquil Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and the scenic route of the Yurikamome train line that rides along the Tokyo bay. “I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of what Tokyo would feel like if it was emptier,” he says. “Whether it is an empty train, a passageway, an empty bench in a park or a street in a busy district, I feel like I’m always striving to create a sense of calm in what I know to be one of the most densely populated regions in the world.”
Other locations Hiroaki enjoys shooting are the narrow alleys found in the vibrant districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku, the architecture in Omotesando and Ginza and the chaos of the Tsukiji Fish Market. Even among the hustle and bustle of these places, Hiroaki finds and captures a moment of peace.
This project, 40 Years of Cellphone by Amrit Pal Singh, gives a brief tech history lesson for anyone who can’t remember what phones were like before smartphones, starting with the DynaTAC in 1974 and featuring just a few of the more popular models through the years. From Singh:
If you recognize the voice in the script, you’ll know it’s from an old advertisement from 1980s for DynaTAC. At the time, no one knew how big mobile would become…
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Exploring the Big Four Ice Caves with @mattbg
To see more photos and videos of the Big Four Ice Caves, explore the Big Four Ice Caves location page.
Two hours outside of Seattle in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, a natural spectacle draws Instagrammers to Big Four Mountain: ice caves. Created from years of cascading water, warm winds and avalanche-deposited snow, the Big Four Ice Caves first attracted Los Angeles Instagrammer Matt Gee (@mattbg) a year ago. As a lover of epic landscapes, Matt immediately knew he had to plan a visit: “This was one place that I absolutely had to see in person. The photos I saw conveyed such an otherworldly and unique landscape.”
"Photographing the caves was an incredible experience. There was a beautiful backdrop of snow-covered mountains and the cascading waterfalls surrounding the caves created an amazing soundtrack for the experience." Capturing the caves’ magnitude was particularly tricky—a problem Matt solved after being drawn to the texture of the cave walls as a backdrop for portraits. "It was really important to have people in my shots to give the photos some scale," Matt says. "It was great to have the subject wearing a pop of color against the cool blues and whites of the walls."
Video cameras have been attached to hula hoops, trombones, and Fijian crab lairs, but this is the first time we’ve seen one do a kickflip backside lipslide (at 1m02s in slow motion). Watch what it’s like to be pro skater Dean-Paul Denniston’s board.
Every creature, every nation, every planet we discovered became our tools.
Bending on almost-invisible hinges, Ghostcube is a system of wooden cubes that can create different structures depending on how they’re twisted and rearranged. They’re made by Stockholm-based artist Erik Åberg.
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Finding Color and Texture Everywhere with @hellocolor
For more from Pawel, follow @hellocolor on Instagram.
For Pawel Nolbert (@hellocolor), there are interesting patterns and colors waiting to be found in the most obvious of places. Originally from mid-west Poland and now working as an illustrator and graphic designer in Warsaw, Pawel aims to highlight pleasant compositions of colors and textures by finding a new perspective in seemingly mundane places.
"I tend to focus on selected objects," he explains. "Very often I find interest in details that people normally ignore and don’t pay attention to."
Pawel says he took some time to find a conceptual and deliberate approach to using Instagram as a form of photographic exploration, inspired by other creative accounts he was following such as @josecabaco and @drdefense.
"I got inspired by the creative mobile photography coming straight from my smartphone and I was instantly able to share photos of my own too. After some time using Instagram in a ‘regular’ way, I started to try to create photos rather than just take them, so to speak. On my way back from work, I would walk an extra mile to explore my city and find good photo spots in the fancy and the seemingly dull districts. I really got into it that way—and I got to know Warsaw better."
Pawel aims to inspire others with his distinctive perspective: “I hope my photography can help people see the creative potential in their everyday surroundings. Sometimes it’s just good to stop and look around the corner to see a new world that had always been there, waiting to be seen.”