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design, art, Artists on Tumblr, buenos aires, graphic design, Photography, argentina, User Feature, how i shoot, Instagram,

The World is Flat with Martin Lanciano

To see more of Martin’s cleaned-up chaos follow @_o___________o_ on Instagram.

For graphic designer Martin Lanciano (@_o___________o_), photography is a way to create order from chaos. “I would love to live in a cleaner, less crowded place than Buenos Aires,” he says. “I’m not drawn to all these different architecture styles, colors and textures mixed together.” In his minimalist collage series #offlabeluse_, Martin flattens bulky pieces of medicine packaging and glues them to a thin sheet of paper. “With my pictures, I’m also slicing up the 3D volume of the real world and folding it into flat 2D squares.”

Martin’s photos focus on capturing clean bits of shape and color that he finds in his everyday life. “I’m not interested in the meaning of things or trying to convey a message or idea. As a graphic designer you have to do that,” he explains. “On Instagram, I feel free to just play. It’s like taking the serious part out of the graphic design and just keeping the fun! I try to focus on pure aesthetics such as balance, tension, contrast, empty space and color palette.”

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Going 3D with @elo_____

For more photos and videos from Eloísa, follow @elo_____ on Instagram.

“I like the way I can turn my designs into something flat or three-dimensional depending on the color combination, light or point of view,” explains Argentina graphic designer Eloísa Iturbe (@elo_____).

Eloísa, who likes to maintain simplicity and neatness in her artwork, has always been interested in painting and drawing. She explains, “At first I was actually more drawn to textile design. Right after high school, I went to London for 6 months and took a textile design course there. The whole experience in London was quite amazing, as I came from a very small town in Argentina’s countryside. When I returned to Argentina, the only career I found related to textile design was fashion design, and I wasn’t interested in that, so I chose graphic design instead.”

Nowadays, Eloísa runs her own design studio in Buenos Aires and says Instagram has become a great medium for sharing her artwork. “For some time I had been longing to do other kinds of creative projects besides my work at the studio. I wasn’t exactly sure about what that looked like, but only knew it had to be away from the computer. I tried a few different things, but they never lasted. Then I found Instagram, and everything fell into place. The medium of photography suddenly felt right! I found a place to share my work and the motivation to keep it going. It’s been very inspiring and a lot of fun too!”

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Capturing Mendoza’s Grape Harvest Festival on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from The Grape Harvest Festival, explore the Anfiteatro Griego Frank Romero Day location page and browse the #Vendimia hashtag.

Dating back to the 17th century, the Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (“The National Grape Harvest Festival”) is one of Argentina’s most important celebrations. Every year, wine enthusiasts from all over the world gather in the city of Mendoza for fireworks, music, dancing and—of course—lots of wine. As part of the celebrations in the months leading up to the festival, pageants take place in Mendoza’s 18 provincial districts to crown local young beauty queens.

The Grape Harvest Festival officially kicks off with a parade where each queen rides in on an elaborate float decorated with grape harvest motifs. The queens wear costumes designed to celebrate the characteristics of their district’s winemaking. The following day, another traditional parade takes place featuring gauchos dressed in traditional cowboy attire.

The Grape Harvest Festival ends with a large show at the Frank Romero Day Greek Theater. When the clock strikes midnight, the new Grape Harvest Queen is crowned before a large crowd who have gathered to steal a glimpse of the new queen on her coronation night.

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300,000 Protest Government in Buenos Aires

Spotlight To see more photos from last night’s protest, search the #8n hashtag, and check out photos from the Obelisco & Plaza de la República.

Last night, hundreds of thousands of people filled Buenos Aries, Argentina’s Plaza de Mayo to protest President Cristina Fernández and her Peronist Party, which has a ruling majority in both houses of Congress.

The event was organized and promoted through social media—more than 1800 photos have been tagged with #8n—and tapped into widespread discontent about crime, the direction of the economy, and possible plans to end presidential term limits.