With over 400 million users, it’s fair to say that Instagram (or its filters) has turned us all into photographers. If you’re seeking some inspiration, look past those celebrity selfies and follow these delightful accounts:
Inside the "gowal" or temporary shepherds' home, deep in the #Thar #desert. This family had moved south about 10km in search of grass for their flocks of goats and sheep. This was shot in a year of drought, when the family's home region had gone 22 months without any rain. This place they came to had had 3mm of rain which was enough for some early grass. In this round mud hut topped with a local plant as thatch, was everything they needed to support life until it was time to move north again. #deserts #shepherds #commons #grasslands #desertsarenotwastelands #women #rajasthan #india #thar
Arati Kumar-Rao is a writer and photographer who looks at the mammoth levels of damage mankind has been wreaking on the environment, including animals, rivers, or mangroves across India and elsewhere. Her pictures, are striking and full of little details. Rao is also a masterful sketch artist, and her impressions, particularly of elephants, will take your breath away. Follow her to get acquainted with problems that exist outside your homes or cubicles – her work is affecting and important .
A Koli woman sorts out fishes in the luggage compartment of the Mumbai local train. She has been traveling everyday to a fish market in Malad from Mahim since she was a teenager to buy fishes which she goes and sells to a company who buys the lot on kilo basis from her. #traindiaries #mumbaidiaries #everydaymumbai #everydayasia #everydayindia #reportagespotlight
Whether you’ve lived in Mumbai or not, you would know that the local trains are legends in themselves, packed with stories of joys, courage, friendships and adventures.Anushree Fadnavis, who works with a Mumbai-based news agency, documents the daily events that transpire in the ladies’ compartment of Mumbai’s local trains – the snapshots are hugely familiar for those residing in the city, and fascinating for the others. From the Koli woman busy sorting out fish, to kids making mischief, from a woman travelling with her two sons and a goat, to another doing make-up, the pictures are heartwarming and full of surprises.
Glimpse of #diwaliparty feast with loved ones - Rajma, Dahi Aloo, Chana Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Chana Dal Pulao, Beet Chaas and Rose kheer. We made sure that there is atleast one favorite dish on the plate of each family member 😊😊😊 #goodfood #indiaeats #indiapictures #everydayindia #festivemood #diwalicelebration #homemadefood #tastyfood #foodtalkindia #inmykitchentoday #onmyplatetoday #huffposttaste #looksogood #nomnomnom #festiveseason #weekendfun #incredibleindia #indialove #india_gram #india_ig #instagramindia #yummy #lunch🍴 #eatgoodfood #foodporn #foodgasm #localfood
Hina Gujral’s feed is for all those whose favourite hashtag is foodporn. What separates this Delhi food blogger from other culinary accounts is her focus on the diversity of Indian cuisine . She also keeps it interesting by pairing unusual combinations together – brown rice methi pulao co-exists with nachos and dip. She dials up the visual element with the beautiful plating – simple Indian dishes look exotic on thalis or in steel dabbas. Her #lunchbox series, which includes pictures of the contents of her husband’s dabba, will not only make you salivate, but also give you some great ideas.
If you have a preference for handcrafted Indian textiles, head on over to @norblacknorwhite’s feed. The designer duo behind the label focuses on re-inventing disappearing Indian art forms through their creations. From tie-dye shirts and bandhani bomber jackets to dresses and robes in ikat prints, there’s plenty to take inspiration from. The duo has a keen eye for aesthetics, making the compositions of their pictures very striking. What we love most are the women featured on the page – pairing their colourful designs with boots, sneakers and even chunky jewellery. Quirk game on point.
Avinash Jai Singh is a Mumbai-based visual artist whose feed is a splatter of colour and wit. While an illustration about drunk dialing features a girl plonked inside a cocktail glass with phone in hand, another includes an emoji of a man on the sandpaper side of a matchbox, walking away from flames – the caption reads ‘burn the bridge and make some light’.Our favourite section is his series on contemporary love, titled LoveInOurTimes. Singh tweaks popular phrases by striking out a letter or word and replacing it with another. Sample this – ‘She stole my heart nudes’. Giggle.
From HT Brunch, November 13, 2016
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