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Home is Where the Heart is with @carolinavd

For more photos from Ana Carolina’s new home, follow @carolinavd on Instagram.

“Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong anywhere, but if it’s true that home is where the heart is, then my home is now Finland,” says São Paulo native Ana Carolina Vieira (@carolinavd), who moved to Helsinki after falling in love 10 years ago. “Although I’m now officially a Finnish citizen, I often still feel as though I’ve just moved here. The midnight sun during the summer and the snowy landscapes in the winter still amaze me every time.”

As a decorator and merchandiser, Ana Carolina believes her visual aesthetic has evolved in her new home. “Long winters take up the vast majority of the year, making things naturally monochrome. Apart from that, life is slower here which translates into a clean and peaceful aesthetic,” she observes. Still, images of São Paulo’s hustle and bustle often make her homesick. “Pictures always remind me of the people and places that were part of my life back home. I start dreaming of everything I would do if I were there. To cope with being homesick, I spend time with my Finnish loved ones and try to see and enjoy the best of my new home. My dog Emma helps me a lot, too.”

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Exploring Finland’s Untrodden Paths with Brothers @dansmoe and @eljackson

For more photos and videos from the Taipale brothers in Finland, follow @dansmoe and @eljackson on Instagram.

Inspired by their father’s passion for living life to the fullest, brothers Daniel Taipale (@dansmoe) and Samuel Taipale (@eljackson) often adventure together, both traveling abroad or sharing serene and stunning views from their home in Finland.

For the two, sibling rivalry often gives way to a gentleman’s code of honor when it comes to taking photos from the same spot.

"We are very similar when it comes to exploring and photography," Daniel explains. "We travel a lot together and the photos we share are often the result of our combined effort and teamwork, thus following both our feeds complements the story of the #taipalebrothers.”

The two shed light onto the dark and wintry world of Finland—and they hope to encourage others to go out exploring through their own creative and energetic work.

"By looking at our photos, people will see that there are only two seasons in Finland: white winter and green winter," says Samuel. "Finland is unique in the sense that it’s mostly covered by lakes and forest. We hope to show that it’s still a place that hasn’t been ruined by the thumbprint of man."