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Finding Color and Texture Everywhere with @hellocolor

For more from Pawel, follow @hellocolor on Instagram.

For Pawel Nolbert (@hellocolor), there are interesting patterns and colors waiting to be found in the most obvious of places. Originally from mid-west Poland and now working as an illustrator and graphic designer in Warsaw, Pawel aims to highlight pleasant compositions of colors and textures by finding a new perspective in seemingly mundane places.

"I tend to focus on selected objects," he explains. "Very often I find interest in details that people normally ignore and don’t pay attention to."

Pawel says he took some time to find a conceptual and deliberate approach to using Instagram as a form of photographic exploration, inspired by other creative accounts he was following such as @josecabaco and @drdefense.

"I got inspired by the creative mobile photography coming straight from my smartphone and I was instantly able to share photos of my own too. After some time using Instagram in a ‘regular’ way, I started to try to create photos rather than just take them, so to speak. On my way back from work, I would walk an extra mile to explore my city and find good photo spots in the fancy and the seemingly dull districts. I really got into it that way—and I got to know Warsaw better."

Pawel aims to inspire others with his distinctive perspective: “I hope my photography can help people see the creative potential in their everyday surroundings. Sometimes it’s just good to stop and look around the corner to see a new world that had always been there, waiting to be seen.”

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Local Lens: Scenes from Small-Town Poland with @ajkajk

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To explore more of Poland, follow @ajkajk on Instagram.

"After I finish school I’d like to study photography," says Agata Jackowiak (@ajkajk), an 18-year-old Instagrammer from Oborniki Wielkopolskie, a small town in Poland. Agata captures a vivid snapshot of life in the Polish countryside.

Though it’s a town of only 18,000, Oborniki provides Agata with ample creative inspiration. “Many of my photographs show the streets of my town and the terraced houses I pass by while going to and from school,” Agata says. “A favorite spot here is Obornickie Łazienki by the Wełna River. It’s where people go for scenic walks and to spend time with their families. There is also the old Wroniecki Bridge, which is perfect for Instagramming.”

Outside of Oborniki, Agata suggests visiting Ustronie Morskie, a small town along the Baltic Sea. “There is a long wooden jetty on the beach where you can take pictures of amazing sunrises and sunsets. If the weather is good you can see a lighthouse 13 kilometers (8 miles) away in Kolobrzeg. It is absolutely breathtaking.”

In February, Agata will continue her exploration of Poland—first visiting Warsaw, then Krakow. “If you are interested in the next steps of my journey, follow along!”

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Local Lens: Exploring Poland with @trynidada

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To explore more of Poland, follow @trynidada on Instagram.

Instagrammer Patryk Kuleta (@trynidada) is an artist and graphic designer living and working in the Polish capital of Warsaw. His moody, minimalist photos showcase the diversity of Poland’s scenery from Warsaw and its environs to his hometown in Poland’s northern Kaszuby region. He shares some of his favorite photo-taking locations for visitors and locals alike.

"I live in Warsaw, and most of my pictures on Instagram are from here or within a 50-mile radius. Some of my favorite spots in or around Warsaw include scenic Zalew Zegrzyński (Zegrze Lake), the photogenic bridge Most Gdański, an eerie abandoned factory called Zakłady mechaniczne Ursus and the beautifully woodsy Kampinoski Park Narodowy.”

While there are plenty of scenic spots in and around this area, Patryk suggests getting out to explore other areas of the country as well.

"The coast of the Baltic Sea is stunning and the Tri-City area, made up of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, is perfect for Instagramming. The Górki Zachodnie Plaża in Gdansk and Torpedownia in Gdynia are particularly worthy of a visit. I have even dedicated a hashtag—#houseofmissiles—to Torpedownia, which was a torpedo testing facility during World War II. It’s my favorite spot to shoot.”

Patryk has future adventures in store as well. “There are many other great places that are waiting for me to explore, like the Masurian Lake District in northeast Poland and the whole southern border, home to the Tatra Mountains.”

"I recently started a hashtag, #enjoymypoland,” says Patryk, “where I will continue to post photos from my beautiful country.”