My Favorite Photography Instagram Accounts

Ummm… How many people am I following on Instagram right now? 849! (The number may change when you read this post.)  Instagram has become one of the major platforms for me to find inspirations.There are so many talented people and beautiful stories. Every day is like a journey of discovery for me.  It is also one of the major sources for me to improve my photography skills. So today, I would love to share with you my favorite photography Instagram accounts!

Benjamin Heath (@benjaminheath)

Ingrid Hofstra (@ingridhofstra)

Luisa Brimble (@luisabrimble)

Lee Seung Wook (@_leeseungwook_)

Lev Fazio (@levfazio)

I have regularly been inspired by the images posted by these super talented photographers.  Please check them out. Hope you can be inspired as much as I am!

Goodbye, 2017

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2017 was a wild ride for many of us, lots of ups and downs.  In reflecting back on my year, I am tempted to say it wasn’t very productive. I still have not launched any of my businesses. I still have no settled on a single career. I am still very broke. That is my pessimistic self speaking. I am sure we all have two voices in our head. My optimistic self, however, would say, “This year, I have achieved a lot. I learned some new skills, like coding. I worked really hard on improving my photography skills while learning associated software. I started to seriously develop my written voice. Most importantly, I managed to stick to my own values and principals. So maybe I should cut myself a slack. I am not Elon Musk, but maybe I should give myself a little more credit.

In 2017, lots of people have inspired and helped me to become better in what I am trying to do. They are all creative minds who are willing to share their knowledge generously with this world. I am one of the millions who benefit from their generosity. I own an enormous thank you to them.

Here is a partial list: Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Tim Ferriss, Lewis Howes, Marie Forleo, Debbie Millman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Garance Doré, Chris Do (Youtube: The Futur), Marty Geller ( Youtube: Blue Lighting TV), Gareth David (Youtube: Tastytuts), Travis Neilson (Youtube: Devtips). Of course, there are more people I left off of this list. I just want to say thank you to them all for doing what they are doing and sharing their expertise to help others grow.

In the end, time moves on. Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018.

(Photo by Allef Vinicius)

The Choice

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I had been looking forward to seeing artist Yayoi Kusama’s “Festival of Life” show at the  David Zwirner gallery. I read a social media post which said the show would be open until January 1st and I also read that there had been long lines to get into seeing the show. So I thought, “Ok… I will wait a few weeks in the hope that the line would get shorter.”  Finally,  I found the time to go to see the show. I bundled myself up and prepared myself to wait in line for an hour or so. However, when I got there, there was a sign on the door saying the gallery was closed and the show was deinstalled.

Oh man,  I had no words to describe my feelings at the moment.I was so upset and disappointed.I was angry. I wanted to blame everyone I could think of for missing the show. (I was glad nobody was with me that day, or I could have yelled at them. ) Luckily I was reading Mark Manson’s book, “ The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.” So I told myself I had to make a choice right now. I could go home and continue to be upset, or I could take two more trains to get another location where some of the artist’s paintings were still showing. So I could get something from this trip and make myself feel better. I chose the second plan. I did feel better, and I enjoyed the rest of my day.

I know this was a small moment. But it made me think how many choices we make each day. These choices, big or small, decide what kind of person we want to be and what kind of life we desire. Maybe life is not so complicated after all. We just need to make our choices wisely

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