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Digging Up Buried Treasure with @soopadavedigs

To discover more photos of Dave Johnson’s buried treasures, follow @soopadavedigs on Instagram and check out the hashtag #metaldetecting.

Outside Nashville, Tennessee, small pieces of history lie buried in the soil waiting to be uncovered by Dave Johnson (@soopadavedigs) and his metal detector. Dave discovered his passion for finding historical objects through metal detecting more than twenty years ago as a teenager. “We found several old coins and I was hooked since that first day out,” he remembers.

On a recent outing near his home, he dug up a mix of coins from the early to mid-1900s, an old U.S. Army coat button and four .58 caliber bullets from the Civil War. “It appears this site was a meeting place for a few soldiers to clean and inspect their rifles,” he says. “The bullets were pulled out of the barrel with a special ‘worm screw’ attachment. You can tell this from the threaded hole it leaves in the tip of the bullet.”

Dave joined Instagram to share images of the artifacts he unearths and posts them using the hashtag #metaldetecting to connect with fellow detectorists. “It’s awesome to see other people’s finds from all over the U.S. and the world,” he says. “My own two kids like to go with me. They love finding and learning the history we have buried beneath our feet.”

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Capturing Nairobi’s Essence through Portraits, with @lafrohemien

To see more of Sarah’s portraits, follow @lafrohemien on Instagram.

“I tend to put my subjects against a backdrop that will not only tell a story about them, but also about the city,” explains Kenya Instagrammer Sarah Waiswa (@lafrohemien). “Nairobi is a diverse landscape and it is important for me to show that in my photos.”

Originally drawn to Instagram as a way to see the world through the lens of others, Sarah now shares her own photographs that reveal her city’s unique juxtapositions. She says, “Nairobi is one of the few places in the world where you can capture wildlife with the city skyline as an unexpected backdrop.”

For Sarah, sharing her city through photos of its inhabitants opens up new avenues for storytelling. She hopes her portraits reflect the nature of Nairobi: “It is alluring and mysterious at the same time.”

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Finding Beauty in Everyday Origami with @white_onrice

For more images of Ross Symons’ origami creations, follow @white_onrice on Instagram.

"I started with the crane and I lost count of how many times I folded it,” says Cape Town Instagrammer Ross Symons (@white_onrice), describing his obsession with origami art.

“What I didn’t realize at the time is how origami was going to become such a massive part of my life,” he says. “At the beginning of 2014 I decided that I would post one different origami figure every day for the whole year. I did this for myself to prove that I could do it.”

He considers fold time to be the most important measurement of success for his work: the more discipline and patience he has, the faster he folds the figure.

“‘It’s just paper, it shouldn’t take long to make’ is a response I’ve heard before,” Ross says. “I feel there is a misconception that because origami uses paper to create something, that means it’s easy to do.”

On Instagram, Ross connects with a global community that shares his fascination with folding paper. “The people I chat to on Instagram are from all over the world,” he explains. “There is something really rewarding about folding a model and getting it right, no matter how complex or simple. I love—and when I say love I mean I’m totally obsessed with—folding paper.”

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Traveling Back in Time with @greenorang

To see more of Natalia’s photos of relics from the past in present day, follow @greenorang on Instagram.

“The past allowed me to understand the present,” says Moscow Instagrammer Natalia Sazonova (@greenorang). Her photography focuses on relics, retro cars and the spaces they occupy—a connection between Russia’s cultural history and future. “Nowadays, car designs are becoming more standard. But the interior details in old cars are unique and often tell their own stories about the vehicles, like the designer or country of origin,” she explains. Natalia loves to explore buildings that house old objects, so she spends a lot of time in museums, old theaters and apartment-museums. “Once, I got access to a retro film set. I was surrounded by old-fashioned cars and curtains. In that moment, I felt like I had stepped into a time machine.”

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Dressing up Rio de Janeiro with @marinapapi

For more of Marina’s marvelous city, follow @marinapapi on Instagram.

Rio de Janeiro illustrator and graphic designer Marina Papi (@marinapapi) likes to dress up photographs with imaginative illustrations. “This is my attempt to write poetry without words,” she says. Marina finds inspiration in Rio’s natural landscapes and enjoys transforming beautiful scenes to challenge reality, such as reimagining a parachute as a bird’s wing.

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Inside the Life of a Beekeeper with @girlnextdoorhoney

To see more photos and videos of Hilary’s daily encounters with bees, follow @girlnextdoorhoney on Instagram.

“Everything about bees is surprising and fascinating,” says beekeeper Hilary Kearney (@girlnextdoorhoney). Hilary started her own beekeeping business in her hometown of San Diego, California, after reading about it in a book. “Unlike traditional beekeepers,” she explains, “most of my hives are in urban and suburban settings, as I believe in integrating bees back into our daily lives.” Now an owner of around 40 beehives, Hilary also services bee removals, holds educational classes and runs a “host a hive program” that places beehives in volunteers’ backyards.

As a beekeeper, Hilary strives to educate people about the friendly nature of honeybees and how much they contribute to our lives. With a background in visual arts, she uses Instagram as a channel to artistically communicate information about bees and their behaviors. In one of her photos, she documents what’s known as festooning, where bees hold onto each other to create a scaffold while they build honeycombs. “It’s one of my favorite things that bees do,” she says. “My visual inspiration mostly comes from the bees themselves, but my urge to share and teach is what motivates me.”

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Rediscovering Backyard Magic with @joshuadwhite

For more photos from Joshua’s A Photographic Survey of the American Backyard, follow @joshuadwhite on Instagram.

“A lot of my work has to do with memory,” explains North Carolina photographer Joshua White (@joshuadwhite). After capturing a photo of a freshly fallen whirligig on a solid-colored trash can, Joshua became intrigued by the way the seedpod’s shape stood out to him. Without the distractions of its busy natural context, it became both a specimen to examine and a work of art to contemplate. “I remembered what it was like to be a kid in the yard, looking at insects and plants,” Joshua says. “It felt like I was discovering nature again.”

Two years later, more than 500 photos now make up the project Joshua has titled A Photographic Survey of the American Backyard. He makes all of his photographs in a structured, repeatable process. As he details, “I photograph mostly on my back porch in the shade. I use sheets of white foam core from the art supply store, and I place the specimens on the end of a sewing or knitting needle to hold them out away from the background so that I can get as close to a shadowless background as possible.” From there, he positions the subjects to be just right, snaps the photograph, converts the photo to black and white and, finally, adds the Earlybird filter.

Joshua’s creative inspiration comes from his own lifelong curiosity. “I look for interesting forms and the unexpected. I will revisit the same subject several times to see how it changes, dissect seeds and flower buds to examine the structures inside and photograph different specimens of the same species over and over to look at the variation—but really it just comes down to interesting shapes, patterns and forms.” As for what comes next in the series, he has a very clear goal: “A box turtle is right at the top of the list. I get the most excited about things that I have specific childhood memories of, and finding a turtle as a kid was the holy grail.”

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Photos tagged with Music and Memories by Arthur Marques

For more stylish collages and illustrations, follow @arthurmarq on Instagram.

Rather than naming a location for his artwork on Instagram, Arthur Marques (@arthurmarq), will often add a song. “It’s to keep some memories more fresh in my mind,” he says. “A photo of the map of São Paulo tagged with ‘Megalomania’ from a Brazilian singer Tulipa Ruiz makes me remember every single detail about every moment of that day. It’s a way to live twice every time I see that image or hear that music.”

He shares photographs and fashion illustrations (such as a drawing of Lily Donaldson at the 2006 Spring/Summer Balenciaga show) alongside collage work which he says is a way of inviting his audience to look again. “I always start falling in love,” he says. “Then, I try to find an image that represents how I’m feeling at that moment.”

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Illuminating the Craft of Stain Glass with @annahitahessami

To see more photos and videos of stained glass creation from Annahita’s studio, follow @annahitahessami on Instagram.

“Stained glass artists today use the same techniques to produce modern works that medieval craftsmen used through history,” explains Annahita Hessami (@annahitahessami), who established her London stained glass studio in 2011. “The techniques of the trade have barely changed at all.”

Recently, Annahita paused production of her more traditional stained glass creations to work on several pieces for Brooklyn artist Beau Stanton (@beaustanton). “Beau found me on Instagram and approached me to make a series of seven panels for an upcoming show called Tenebras Lux.” Debuting within the Crypt of St. John the Baptist in Bristol, UK, before moving to London, the show draws from and repurposes classical and medieval religious iconography.

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The Art of Typewriter Sculpture with @jeremymayer

To see more photos and videos of Jeremy’s typewriter sculptures, follow @jeremymayer on Instagram.

Inside his studio in Oakland, California, artist Jeremy Mayer (@jeremymayer) transforms typewriters into majestic mythological beings. His most recent completed commission is a sculpture of the Greek titaness Theia that is over 7 feet tall (2.21 meters) and made entirely of components from 40 different typewriters. “I don’t solder, glue, weld or wire the parts together,” says Jeremy. “I use only screws, nuts, pins and springs to assemble the sculpture in the same manner that the typewriter was held together.”

The painstakingly detailed process to create a full-scale human figure requires more than a year of Jeremy’s time. “I spend countless hours trying to figure out how to put this stuff together,” he says. “Doing an accurate likeness of a person hurts my brain. Hurts so good, though. There’s a lot of trial and error. I’m done when it creeps me out, or if I walk into the studio and the sculpture startles me because it looks like someone is standing there.”