New Photographers To Follow on Instagram
Instagram’s relevance to photography is one that is fairly self-evident. From its very beginnings, this very distinctive social media platform has been the ideal show-space for photographers to share their creativity with the world. Through the years, Instagram has evolved into something noticeably more nuanced.
Rather than turning an IG profile into an attempt to win the most attention for one’s work, the platform has grown into a community-building exercise that, in part, looks to make all sorts of fine art photography available to whomever it may inspire — instead of the fast business of accruing followers, fine art photography on Instagram has become a practice allowing other people to find inspiration for their own craft.
Here at Lumitrix, we are often pouring through the work of photographers to find our own inspirations. From the bright-to-brooding range of seasonal imagery to the abstract realism of the more industrial, our tastes vary. As such, we’re fortunate to have come across a massive amount of photographers who’ve caught our collective eye.
Here, we try to bring together ten of our favourites and why we think they’re worthy of your attention.
ENRIC GENER (@27mm_photo)
Born in the small, quiet island of Menorca, Enric Gener specialises in underwater photography. His approach is inspired by a relationship with the sea — one he takes as seriously as a spiritual aura around his own personal upbringing. In fact, the notion of massive bodies of water, and all the life they teem with, goes beyond Gener’s early life. His work is a reflection on the lifelong nature of his connection to the sea, depicted in finished products that are largely free of embellishments and enhancements.
One of his most telling images centers on a freediving journey down into the abyss of the Carribean Sea. The dark overtone in this shot is significant, evoking a sense of depth that almost displaces its viewer entirely. That pit in your stomach, the reaction to the submerged sensation you start to take on, that is a sort of reverence for an unending sea. It’s also a reflection of Gener’s own connection and relationship with it — it’s not always happy, but respect is a constant.
Gener was awarded a place as part of the final 55 in the New Creativity category of Red Bull’s internationally recognised Illume contest.
HANNES BECKER (@hannes_becker)
We’re big fans of aerial photography here at Lumitrix and there are few names that ring with the authority in this category of Hannes Becker. His work has focused on giving a breathtaking perspective to landscapes from all over. Some of his more recent images have come from adventures in Norway, with Becker finding himself meandering between mountain ranges, sleepy plains, and the icy depths of rivers in Svalbard.
His efforts as a photographer are helped by an endless sense of wonder that comes via his love for travel. This, combined with a unique take on icy landscapes, has helped the photographer earn a massive following.
One shot that carries a real resonance was taken during his travels through Svalbard. Backer was interested in coming face to face with the purest elements of this natural wonder. This image depicts one of several instances where giant chunks of ice fall off the surrounding glacial landscape, resulting in massive waves and thunderous sounds. As he puts it, “When you go to Svalbard you approach the elements. You start to feel the greatness of the surroundings and appreciate your own vulnerability. That’s why I love Svalbard..”
CODY COBB (@Codycobb)
Nature’s consistency is a product of just the right amount of organised chaos, and Cody Cobb’s photography is a visual ode to that. Even for the most obsessed of nature lovers, the natural world can all seem so majestic and planned, leaving us wandering around while missing the trees for the forest — in this case, literally. Cody’s work embodies this by using a mixture of lighting and a well trained eye to put together the facade of geometric organisation.
This style takes an approach that demands the utmost focus of a photographer. This is one of the reasons why Cobb travels through landscapes of the American West alone, to fully immerse himself in what he’s trying to capture.
One example of the result of this effort is ‘Liminal State,’ which gives brevity and stillness to the depiction of a gradient mountainside. This is the perfect example of a natural process finding a frozen record of its own occurrence, captured elegantly by Cody.
HUDA BIN REDHA (@hudebinr)
When she isn’t preoccupied with her full-time job as a lawyer, Huda Bin Redha is a photographer who specialises in travel and landscape imagery. Based in Dubai, her fine art photography is a reflection of her own perspective on the unique landscapes that surround her. She’s also an avid traveler, which is something that informs a shot just as much as her local roots. In wandering the world, Huda has come to develop her own particular approach to her craft.
The result has been a fascination with all things aerial, travel, and landscape. One of her pieces, shot in Al Ula in northwestern Saudi Arabia, serves as a good example of Huda’s work. Like with many of her images, this image includes a subject facing away from the camera and looking over a vast landscape — this time around, it’s the rough yet majestic spread of Al Ula’s many valleys and ranges. The colour grading shows an emphasis on the shot’s warmth, bringing forth all of the heat of this setting.
TOM CRAIG (@Tomcraig)
When you combine the daring nature of fashion photography with the realism and sense of immediacy, you get a style that is wholly unique to Tom Craig. His work takes on a very editorial stance on subjects, basking them in a cinematic glow while taking away none of their essential qualities. Beyond producing a captivating portfolio, this style has earned Craig a client list that includes Vogue, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Net-a-Porter, Nike, and Louis Vuitton.
One of the more enchanting series that Tom put together was for Esquire UK, seeing him shoot while on location in Cambodia. The balanced use of saturation and black/white edits results in a tour de force of the photographer’s very distinctive take on the craft.
SEBASTIAN WEISS (@le_blanc)
Architectural photography is often misunderstood as taking on the same broad approach of all other sub-genres of the craft. On the contrary, artists like Sebastien Weiss would tell you it’s remarkably different to photograph a structure rather than a person, animal, or object. What differs here is the number of possible angles and perspectives of something that is utterly without movement. Sebastien’s work represents his love and appreciation for the effort that goes into crafting these massive structures, titanic odes to the artistic spirit that remains in architecture.
His work has been published in magazines such as Aesthetica and Dezeen. Impressively, his client list includes Cartier, Hugo Boss, and Adobe. One of his most striking pieces is a shot of the Generali Tower — designed by Zaha Hadid — as part of his Monolicious series. It’s given a ghostly edit that adds to the colossal elegance of this imaginative piece of architecture.
TIM KOENTGEN (@timkoentgen)
Nature photography can be an increasingly crowded area in which to specialise. Though artists generally don’t take a competitive stance to a craft of passion, it’s difficult to gain any foothold in terms of being recognisable in this particularly popular genre. And yet, Tim Koentgen finds a way. His work focuses on the lush landscapes of Australia and New Zealand. What comes through is a balanced approach to colour and texture, combining deep tones of warm palettes with backgrounds of colder shades, each helping the other stand out.
Another interesting element of Koentgen’s photography is his use of treatments to give a somewhat nightmarish effect to his subjects. A shot he’d taken while travelling through the Sauerland mountain range in Germany evokes as much, using a middling blur at the center of the image as a source of quick discomfort. It’s just one example of the photographer’s imaginative manipulation of texture.
JULIA NIMKE (@Julianimkephotography)
Julia Nimke is a former Adobe Creative Resident who is based in Berlin. Her work reflects a life spent traveling and capturing the imagery that tells a story. Even a cursory skim of her Instagram page shows a wide range of inspirations — from nature and animals to architecture, people, and culture. However, a deeper look at Nimke’s portfolio shows impressive credentials. Her career has seen the creation of a personal brand that has put together quite the list of clients, including Der Spiegel, Suzuki, Universal Music Group, Air Canada, and Mercedes Benz.
Her style is clean and refined, best exemplified by her recordings of travels and interactions with people of varying cultures and backgrounds. One such image is that of a stained, marked hand, shot while wandering through the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur. The warming of the overall tone masks some of the more somber colours of the stains on the subject, giving it an almost documentary-esque feel.
PAUL FUENTES (@Paulfuentes_photo)
Paul Fuentes trained originally as a graphic designer and found his love for this craft while studying in his native Mexico. His parents — a mother who is also a graphic designer and a father who worked in post-producing music for commercials — were a crucial part of this. As he grew further into his discipline, Fuentes eventually took a trip to Europe. Here, he found particular inspiration in London, leaving with a rejuvenated sense of purpose in his own work.
Fuentes’s art is best described as abstract, taking everyday objects and placing them in often whimsical contexts. His imagery lifts the mundane and fits them into works that make these objects (or animals) the center of a slightly absurdist piece of art. One of the defining examples of this depicts these pigs enjoying a pool party. The imaginative context, combined with bold colours, jumps out no matter how you view this image.
JORDAN HAMMOND (@Jordhammond)
Traveling is, as we’re sure you’ll agree, one of the best ways to inspire a foray into photography. Jordan Hammond’s story is yet another testament to this. Back in 2015, he was working as a teacher in China and taking pictures to, much like the rest of us, let his loved ones know what he was up to. After taking a months-long tour through Asia, he was inspired to take his image-making on as more than a hobby.
Since then, he’s been roaming the world and framing all of the things that captivate him in his signature style as well as taking on marketing and advertising projects. Part of all of the work that goes into this craft is figuring out what settings work best for the images you’re trying to convey. Hammond has gotten so adept at hitting just the right notes in his post production — through sheer hard work — that his editing presets have become a hot ticket item in and of themselves.
One remarkable example of his wandering eye and flair for editing is this remarkable shot of a temple just outside Bangkok. Using one of his signature presets (and some serious editing) the brights are particularly bold and the waters take on a somber tone in contrast.