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Balancing Minimalism and Whimsy with @wideeyedlegless

For more of Madelynn’s beautifully crisp photos, follow @wideeyedlegless on Instagram.

Years ago, artist Madelynn Furlong (@wideeyedlegless) turned to Instagram in search of a new creative outlet. Madelynn is now a successful designer, stylist and blogger in Minneapolis, and her photos on Instagram continue as an expression of her art, refined into a casually elegant, almost black-and-white style.

"Over the past few years I have been slowly rooting myself in minimalism," she explains, "and my feed isn’t the only thing that has turned basically black and white—my house and wardrobe both have as well!" Although her photos often feature sleek interiors and crisp fashions, Madelynn says that it’s her own personality that makes her work special: "I focus on contrast, clean lines and the rule of thirds—but still with a heavy dose of whimsy because that is what makes me, me. When it comes down to it, just take pictures of things that you think are beautiful and inspire you. That’s all that truly matters!"


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Minimalist Scenes from Assam, India with @prince_sarmah

For more photos and videos from Prince, follow @prince_sarmah on Instagram.

19-year-old Instagrammer Prince Sarmah (@prince_sarmah) captures and shares minimalist scenes from his hometown of Assam, India. “I don’t even know how this style is developing—maybe I am more attracted to minimalist style to show how simple things can be influential.”

Most of Prince’s subjects are things he finds out in the streets such as animals, fruit stands and bikes. Instead of capturing them in their context such as in landscapes, he has a unique way of closing in on the focal point. “I don’t like to put the subject in the middle, so I cut out a portion of it and put it in a corner,” Prince explains. He also makes a conscious decision to shoot subjects “based on their relation with light.”

"Indian culture is rich in art, but due to the faster moving life here, people get less time to focus on it," says Prince. He feels strongly about motivating the younger generation to be more proactive about exploring their creativity. "I am influencing my friends to use Instagram, and someday, I want to organize an InstaMeet here, too.”


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#WhoIFollow: Mongolia’s @bolorchirs

In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite people to follow. For more photos and videos from Bolor and some of his favorite Instagrammers, follow @bolorchris, @mr007, @jasonmpeterson, @littlecoal and @tim.kau on Instagram.

"I personally prefer to take minimal photography," says Mongolian Instagrammer Bolor Batkhuyag (@bolorchris), “because I can’t include everything in my photos and I feel that minimal is the most appropriate way to capture the uniqueness of things.”

Through his photos on Instagram, Bolor likes to explore his home city of Ulaanbaatar as well as the surrounding mountains to capture moments and scenes that “express the meaning and responsibility of a man.” To visualize this theme, he often turns to his local Instagram community and goes out shooting as a group where they serve as models for one another. “I like to capture the man appearing small with the surrounding environment taking up the majority of the photo,” he explains.

A great part of Bolor’s creative inspiration comes from other Instagrammers who also share remarkable minimal shots as well as photos in black and white. To tune into some of Bolor’s favorite people on Instagram, follow these great accounts:

  • @mr007 - “I found him when I first started Instagram, and he first inspired me to share black and white photos. His editing technique and color balance is amazing.”
  • Jason Peterson (@jasonmpeterson) – “His black and white photos have great angles. The contrast and simple captures are especially stunning.”
  • Eric Ward (@littlecoal) - “The colors he creates are awesome, and his perspectives provide a different view of minimalism.”
  • Tim Kau (@tim.kau) - “He has an amazing feed with bikes, and I learn a lot from them.”


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Minding the Minimal with @patriromero

For more photos from Patricia, follow @patriromero on Instagram.

"I’ve been a perfectionist for as long as I can remember," says Venezuela Instagrammer Patricia Romero (@patriromero). “When I was a little kid, I used to get angry when my two ponytails weren’t perfectly aligned, so wearing my hair down was always better.”

Today, Patricia’s obsession with details comes to life in her photos. “There are a lot of beautiful objects and moments in our ordinary life that deserve a bit of attention from us, and we overlook them,” she explains. “That is what I try to show in my pictures: that magic moment full of simplicity.”

An art director who also takes on various design projects with friends, Patricia has been living in Madrid for five years and finds that most of her shots are captured on her everyday commute. “My house is far away from everything, so I spend a lot of time in transit. I keep my eyes wide open all the time, trying to see simple things as if I had not seen them before. That way, I can find beauty in everything, every moment.”