Instagram

Get the free app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone

Welcome to the Instagram blog! See how Instagrammers are capturing and sharing the world's moments through photo and video features, user spotlights, tips and news from Instagram HQ.

Photoset

photography, food, Eid al-Fitr, eid mubarak, ramadan, muslim, current event, Instagram,

Breaking the Fast on Eid al-Fitr Day

For more photos and videos of Eid al-Fitr celebrations, browse the #EidalFitr, #عيدالفطر and #EidMubarak hashtags.

Eid Mubarak! The new moon was sighted on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, which indicates the end of Ramadan and the period of celebration that begins the following day. Commonly known as Eid al-Fitr (عيد الفطر) in the Arabic-speaking world, the festival also goes by other names such as Idul Fitri in Indonesia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia and Shemai Eid in Bangladesh.

While there are many Eid customs such as attending mass prayers, gathering for family reunions, exchanging gifts and dressing in new clothes, eating plays a crucial role as it brings an end to the month-long fast of Ramadan. Holiday dishes vary from country to country, but all are meant to make up big feasts that can easily fill up the entire family as well as guests. Families bring out traditional varieties of homemade sweets and many also make generous donations of food during the holiday, as Eid also celebrates extending good will to others.

The holiday can last up to three days depending on the country, and Instagrammers taking part in the festivities are sharing their moments filled with good food and good spirits.

Photoset

photography, food, design, lol, hamburgers, paris, fatandfuriousburger, user feature, instagram,

Pushing the Boundaries of Burger Edibility with @fatandfuriousburger

To see more creative—and questionably delicious—burger creations, follow @fatandfuriousburger on Instagram.

French graphic designers Thomas and Quentin swear their @fatandfuriousburger creations are edible, despite their over the top, made-to-be-photographed nature.

What started as an exercise in collaborative lunchtime cooking “soon became a ritual,” says the duo. The ingredients they use are as varied as gold leaf, whipped cream and salmon, drawing inspiration from newspaper headlines, film and everyday life. But how do they taste?

“Sometimes it’s a great surprise,” they say, “but sometimes it’s kind of a failure.”

Photoset

food, bread, hashtag highlight, south korea, Instagram,

Hashtag Highlight: Sampling South Korea’s Bread Culture Through #빵스타그램 (“breadstagram”)

For more photos and videos of the wide variety of breads found in South Korea, browse the #빵스타그램 (“breadstagram”) hashtag.

In South Korea, bread has historically never been a prominent part of the daily diet. As European bakeries expand their businesses into Seoul, however, local’s love for the food has grown. Bread has even taken in root in the culture to the point of becoming a popular topic for local TV shows and magazines.

While classic croissants and baguettes populate the regular lineup, the most common types of breads from these bakeries contain sweet fillings such as red bean paste, sweet potato paste or whipped cream. Bakers sometimes also add sweet rice in the flour dough for chewiness, top the bread like pizzas or make animal shapes out of them to add an extra creative twist. Local Instagrammers have picked up on documenting this new wave of bread culture by adding the #빵스타그램 hashtag (bbangstagram or, translated, “breadstagram”) to their photos and videos of bread to share their personal favorites and reviews with the Instagram community.

Photoset

food, food art, malaysia, user feature, Instagram,

Telling Stories through Food with @leesamantha

For more photos and videos of Samantha’s culinary artwork, follow @leesamantha on Instagram.

"When I first started creating food art, those in bento boxes (called charaben) had been around for a long time—but I was more interested in exploring food art out of the box and simplifying the technique,” says Malaysia Instagrammer Samantha Lee (@leesamantha). “Since then, I’ve developed my own unique style of storytelling on plates that explores a variety of subject matter and ingredients,” she adds.

A mother of two daughters, Samantha started devising ways to get them to eat in a healthier and more independent way by applying creativity to her presentation. She designs scenes on plates featuring celebrities, popular characters, animals and famous landmarks, made up mainly of local and fresh edible ingredients. Samantha’s ideas and creative inspiration come from a variety of fine arts as well as from her daughters, whom she describes as having “endless imagination”.

Samantha is also careful to keep food waste to a minimum. “Before I begin putting any new ideas on a plate, I sketch out my designs and write down ideas and ingredients I’ll be using. It helps me to be more organized and prevent food waste.” Her minimalistic approach shows in her camera work as well. She edits very little by choosing to shoot in natural light and avoids using too many props in her photos to “let the food art stand out and speak for itself.”

Photoset

food, education, landscape, user feature, Uganda, coffee, travel, instagram,

Scenes from Small-Town Uganda with @sarahgenelle

For a look at everyday life on a coffee farm in Western Uganda, follow @sarahgenelle.

Living and working on a coffee farm nestled in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda is just the latest stop in the nomadic life of Sarah Castagnola (@sarahgenelle).

Sarah’s parents taught at international schools, which meant relocating the family to a different country every few years. “When I moved to Oregon for university I was exited to put down roots,” she explains. “However, it was only a matter of time before I yearned to travel again.”

Sarah’s studies and work in micro-finance have taken her across the globe, and, in April of 2013, she accepted a Peace Corps assignment in the small Ugandan village of Kyarumba. Living and working in Uganda often means it’s easier to share a photo on Instagram than it is to find running water or electricity. “This is the paradox of living in a developing country,” Sarah says. “Cellphones are ubiquitous, however women and children spend hours each day fetching water.”

Sarah, who plans to continue traveling after the Peace Corps, hopes her photos educate and inspire: “Opportunities happen when you take risks and follow your passion.”

Photoset

tumblinbumblincrumblincookie, user feature, food,

Finding Inspiration in Singapore’s Melting Pot with @tumblinbumblincrumblincookie

For more photos and videos of Lin’s recipes, follow @tumblinbumblincrumblincookie on Instagram.

15-year-old Singapore Instagrammer Lin (@tumblinbumblincrumblincookie) found her passion for food and photography in the midst of a challenging time. “During my recovery from an eating disorder, I used my love for food to pull me up and spur me on to a full recovery and now it has evolved into a full blown passion,” Lin says. “I started from researching recipes and basic food concepts and adapting them to make my own recipes. Now I’m beginning to branch out into creating my own. As I’ve also always had an avid passion for the arts and photography, it made sense to integrate both interests and that was how I started my Instagram account!”

"Singapore’s multi-cultural backdrop means that we have an especially vibrant food scene, everything from Indian and Malay to Chinese and European," she says. "I find inspiration in flavor combinations and spices from different cuisines to fuse in my dishes and combine those with my belief in fresh and healthy food." Lin also finds inspiration in fellow Instagrammers Siobhan O’Brien (@superfoodsiobhan), Grace Chan (@honeyydrizzle), Juliet Rodriguez (@julietisamommy) and Izy Hossack (@topwithcinnamon). “These friendships I’ve formed over Instagram are further cemented by the passions we share. Their ventures into cuisine and photography always give me much inspiration.”

Photoset

User Feature, Who I follow, thekitchenwitch, food art, food photography, food,

#WhoIFollow: Kitchen Witchcraft with Food Blogger @thekitchenwitch

In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite people to follow. For more photos and videos from Jess and her favorites, follow @thekitchenwitch, @yossyarefi, @thehousepie, @waywardspark and @thegreatkosmickitchen on Instagram.

Jess Schreibstein (@thekitchenwitch) credits childhood summer vacations chowing down on local butter-coated sweet corn on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, as a stepping stone in her path to food blogging. Inspired by her parents who were both talented in their kitchen at home, Jess began trying her hand in the kitchen when she left home. “The more I began to cook, the more I began to approach food as more than just putting a meal on the table,” she says. “It’s this amazing thing—so much of our health and energy comes from what we choose to eat.” Jess’s passion for food is evident in her Instagram photos, where she shares everyday moments made all the more special with freshly baked cookies or a trip to the farmers market. Putting the emphasis on simple, local and seasonal ingredients, she lets the food tell the story in her photos to demonstrate that home cooking is not only accessible but also fun.

An active member in the Washington D.C. food scene, Jess founded the DC Food Swap, a series of teaching events where individuals learn cooking techniques or trade homemade goods. As she explains, the DC Food Swap was created “to bring together our local food community and create opportunity for new cooks to practice and share their efforts in a supportive space.” Jess has been documenting her culinary exploits on her blog, Witchin’ in the Kitchen, for four years and uses Instagram as a quick, informal way to share her culinary witchcraft and find inspiration.

Looking to expand your kitchen knowledge? Jess shares some of her favorite Instagram accounts.

  • Brooklyn food stylist @yossyarefi - Yossy’s beautiful blog, recipes and photographs have been an inspiration for me for a long, long time.
  • Folklorist, writer and food blogger @thehousepie - Everything I know about pie history and folklore I can credit to my friend Emily.
  • Rural living in Western Oregon with @waywardspark - Camille is a force. I’ve learned so much about preserving and putting up food from her.
  • Food blogger @thegreatkosmickitchen - Finding Summer Ashley through Instagram was like finding a long-lost friend. Her photos are a great introduction on using food and herbs for healing.

Photoset

Who I Follow, food, healthy, recipes, User Feature,

#WhoIFollow: Germany’s @theghostonmyback

In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite person to follow. For more photos and videos from Lena and her favorites, follow @theghostonmyback, @nourishandevolve, @_amyglen, @psithurisma and @dltvo on Instagram.

When Lena (@theghostonmyback) moved away from home in Bavaria, Germany, to study, she was determined to also move on from her “frozen pizza” approach to cooking. As she started to cook for herself, she found inspiration in food blogs and “calling mum nearly every day to get some advice.” She also began to post photos of her eating exploits to Instagram, partly just to show her mum she wasn’t starving. She soon discovered a flourishing community of food photographers to keep her passion nourished.

"I was absolutely delighted and even more motivated to improve myself, try out new things and to find my own style," Lena explains. "I learned so many things, from new ingredients and dishes through to different ways of preparation—Instagram is a foodie’s paradise."

Lena’s photos keep food as the focus and have a minimalist approach showcasing an impressive array of tableware and spoons. All her recipes are her own ideas.

Two of Lena’s recommended Instagrammers to follow for a healthy start to 2014 include Melbourne Instagrammers Tina (@nourishandevolve) and Amy Glenister (@_amyglen).

"I love their way of cooking, which spices and ingredients they use and how they take and edit their pictures. It’s so inspiring! It seems like they love what they do. I’m not really into Instagrammers who talk about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food (or worse: ‘cheat meals’) and follow rigorous diets, forgetting about what it really means to nourish your body (and soul). I want passion, not constraints."

She also adds her boyfriend (@psithurisma) and vegan enthusiast Diem Ly (@dltvo) to the list of her favorites and says she’s “grateful Instagram provides an opportunity to connect with all of them no matter where they are from.”

She adds, “I hope that my snapshots encourage my followers to experiment around with food, to have fun in the kitchen and to try something new from time to time. I want to share what I love and represent a way of cooking that combines passion and enjoyment with responsibility for yourself and the world around you.”