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Discovering Life Through Our Hands with Tehran’s @mo3eni

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"We always do our job with our hands, but we never focus on them," says Mohsen Oliaei (@mo3eni), an architecture student from Tehran who fills his Instagram account with photos from his daily life in a special and beautiful way. Mohsen uses hands in his photos to show our delicate interplay with the world around us: “We think that they’re just hands, but they aren’t. They put our feelings, thoughts and everything that happens in our minds into the things that we touch. They’re absolutely a bridge between our feelings and the outside world.”

Moshen says he relies on gut feeling when composing his photos. When shooting a small flower in his palm, for example, he “felt some love within it and thought that it needed a little light and a little help.” He further explains: “I felt a mixture of white light and my hand would remind some of serenity and peace. I think the center of composition is feeling—when you feel good about something, that’s the right composition.”

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Global Instagrammers: From Tehran to San Sebastián, New York and Beyond

Through Instagram, it’s possible to visit every corner of the world. In our Global Instagrammers series, we travel the world by asking people to share their favorite Instagrammers from another country.

Neda Monem (@nedamonem) – Tehran, Iran

"I love that people have the chance to notice the beauties around them that often tend to go unnoticed," says Neda Monem (@nedamonem), an English teacher and musician living in Tehran, Iran. “Over time Instagram has inspired me to better my photographic vision and to document more of what I experience in life.”

Neda says she also loves “that you can experience the world through the eyes of real people.” This includes her own images, which she feels offer a more nuanced look at life in a place many have never visited.

Neda’s favorite Instagrammer outside Iran is Spanish food photographer Aiala Hernando (@aialahernando). “I like following people with a unique style,” she explains, “especially if their feeds make me hungry.”

Aiala Hernando (@aialahernando) – San Sebastián, Spain

Aiala is a food stylist and photographer in San Sebastián, Spain, whose work takes her all across the world. “Instagram started as a hobby for me, and it has become one of the most powerful ways of connecting with amazing people, both personally and professionally,” she says.

Aiala recommends April Flores (@aprilflores). “April makes me feel emotions with her photos. I feel like each of her pictures has a beautiful story behind it.”

April German Flores (@aprilflores) – Brooklyn, New York

"In college I studied chemistry and I dream of someday becoming a botanist in Costa Rica or somewhere with an ocean and big beautiful mountains," says April, a Brooklyn-based prop stylist and founder of home goods collection Native Kind (@native_kind).

April offered documentary photographer Brian Nyongesa (@briannyongesa) as her favorite Instagrammer abroad. “When I look at his photos I feel as if I was there experiencing those moments as well. He captures people in their natural essence so beautifully.”