I Caved Last Month and Joined Instagram

After many of years of pretending to be cool and unique by being a hobby photographer who didn’t have an Instagram account, I woke up and realized, wait this is actually really cool. You can put up pictures and people will actually see them and care! I expected to make my account and then get over it pretty quickly, but I am more or less still committed to updating it and seeing what other people put up, particularly accounts with nature photography.

 

My all time favorite Instagrammer is Konsta Punkka, a nature photographer from Finland. I am even more in love with his work now because a few weeks ago I commented on one of his photos (along with hundreds of other fans) and he responded to me! It’s the little things in life right? I first learned about him watching a travel vlog from the Vagabrothers on YouTube. Konsta is a magical human being who gains the trust of wildlife creatures such as foxes and squirrels and gets them to pose for selfies, albeit very professional and well edited selfies, but selfies nonetheless.

I was worried before getting the account that if I joined Instagram I would put too much weight on how many followers I had or care when I lost them, but that should never stop you from sharing your work with other people if that’s what you think you want to do, that is, if that’s where you are passionate.

Plus, did you know that a bunch of Instagrammers apparently use apps that automatically follow and unfollow people and comment random generic things on people’s photos? I always tell my friends I am for all intents and purposes a social media grandma, therefore I did not know this. So that’s another reason why you don’t have to feel upset if you wake up one morning and realize you’ve lost a few of your followers, because Instagram is after all an instant gratification platform with finicky users who may or may not actually just be robots at any given time. I find this of comfort at least.

This “advice” can stretch more broadly to day to day life. People aren’t paying as much attention to your every movement and flaw as you think so just keep on moving through your life the way you want to. Put out there what you want to and strive for the goals that you set for yourself. Aziz Ansari said in an interview last month that if he were going to fail at something, he’d rather “fall on his own sword”, that is, he’d rather fail delivering his own writing and jokes than to play it safe following the directions of others.

So all you artists and movers and shakers out there: keep making cool stuff, keep sharing it with the people you love (and also total strangers if you so desire), and keep on dreaming, even if you don’t make your hobbies into anything more than hobbies income-wise. We create to express ourselves, whether people are watching or not.

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Stockholm’s Modern Museum of Art

My favorite part of my visit to Stockholm last fall was visiting the Modern Museum of Art.  When we were there, there were a few outstanding temporary exhibits from the famous Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (whose name I just now learned how to spell). He is one of the few lucky artists of our time who is experiencing fame while he is still alive, however he insists that he is a not a special person in this Guardian article. 

What a true Dane, thinking he’s just the same as everyone else. If you’ve traveled to a larger Scandinavian city, you’ve probably seen his art around town without realizing it, especially in Denmark. I must have seen several works he had installed and thought, “Wow that thing over there looks cool, whatever it is.” Turns out Olafur Eliasson is the maker of all cool abstract things.

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson

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Near the entrance of the Modern Museum Stockholm

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Pop art

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Pop art

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Pop Art

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Olafur Eliasson (My friend loves to hold her arms out like that :p )

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Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson and stylish Swedish woman

Stockholm, Sweden

November 2015 I took a weekend trip to Stockholm with one of my study abroad friends. It was probably my favorite weekend trip I ever went on!

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Swedish Tex Mex

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Frukost ❤ (Breakast)

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Frukost ❤ (Breakfast)

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Nobel Museum

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Glögg (Mulled Wine with nuts)

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Södermalm

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So progressive

 

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Alex är vacker (Alex is beautiful)

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Christmas Market in Gamla Stan

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Wise Words

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Royal Palace

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A Texas Steakhouse in Gamla Stan. We ate here. It was delicious. Don’t judge.

Photos from Norway: Bergen, the Fjords, and Oslo

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Oslo Nobel Museum

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Bergen

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Mt. Fløyen

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Bergen

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From the top of Mt. Fløyen

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Bergen

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Bergen

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Bergen

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Outside of Bergen

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Fjord Tour

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Fjord Tour

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Flåm

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Myrdal Station

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Painting by Norwegian Landscape artist, Harald Sohlberg

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Edward Munch’s “The Scream”

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Oslo

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Oslo City Hall

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Oslo Theater

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Oslo Royal Palace