I was a bit slow to adopt Instagram. The app gets a lot of flack for housing way too many selfies, food pics, and hashtag overuse, so I avoided it for several months. But I love photography and sharing my photographs, so I eventually gave in. Now I check it every day, several times a day.
While I do share photos through my Instagram account (@artofsallymack), I get more enjoyment out of following others. I’ve discovered many great artists and photographers through the app, and use it to keep up with my favorite museums, restaurants, and the occasional celebrity.
In that spirit, here are my five favorite Instagram accounts at the moment. I’m sure to post more in the future!
Subway Book Review
Subway Book Review (@subwaybookreview) is exactly what it sounds like: book reviews from subway riders in NYC. I’m always curious what other people are reading, especially when it’s not on a tablet or smartphone. I’ve added a few books to my to-read list thanks to this account.
Justin Maller (@justinmaller) is an awesome digital artist. I can’t remember how I found his account, but I’m glad I did. His faceted interpretations of pop culture characters are beyond cool. You can even buy some in t-shirt form or as art prints. Definitely on my gift giving ideas list.
I don’t follow many celebrities on Instagram. Why would I want to see famous people’s selfies or dinner pics? But Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) is much more my speed. Attractive people (hello, Harry!) highlighting important causes and charities, with the occasional glimpse at the cute royal babies. I can keep up with Kate’s fashion and hair without feeling completely guilty about it, because I can also learn a bit about conservation from William. (If you’re a royal watcher, you might also enjoy @clarencehouse.)
I followed this account after seeing the 2015 Archibald Prize. Kim Leutwyler (@carlosbob) painted my favorite portrait this year, and after I shared the image on my Instagram account, she thanked me for the shoutout! Needless to say, I immediately followed her. Leutwyler’s colorful, loose backgrounds paired with detailed realistic figure and portrait painting are gorgeous. I’d love to have one of her works hanging in my home!
I stumbled upon Hooray! magazine several issues ago and made it the only magazine I currently subscribe to. Its Instagram account (@hooraymagau) showcases photos from real parties and weddings, fun seasonal crafts, and yummy looking desserts. This is party planning porn at its finest.
Do you have any great Instagram accounts to recommend? I’m looking for some informative, science-based accounts to round out my stream, but welcome arts, crafting, photography, and book recommendations as well!