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Capturing Caracas with @l_navas

For more photos from Luis, follow @l_navas on Instagram.

Caracas Instagrammer Luis Navas (@l_navas) uses Instagram to capture images of his hometown in Venezuela. His photos offer a glimpse into the dangerous streets of his world, and are often taken from above. He explains, “It’s not easy to grab your phone and take a picture without risking being mugged. I try to shoot in places where I feel relatively safe, but in Caracas you never really know. I’ve lost so many good pictures in the street out of fear. Still, I try to make my best effort to take photos and just trust my gut. Shooting in the street is an attempt to make my gallery a reflection of what I see, live and think,” he says.

Luis, a creative VP for an advertising agency, also plays guitar in the band Los Que Rezan and has always been interested in design, music and photography. Born and raised in Caracas, Luis has seen his home country change a great deal over the years. He recalls, “I had a nice childhood in a democratic version of Venezuela where life didn’t revolve around politics and polarization. We had problems—just like any other Latin American country—but nothing like in this day and age.”


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Venturing into Venezuela’s Angel Falls

To view more photos and videos from Angel Falls explore the Angel Falls location page and browse the #angelfalls and #saltoangel hashtags.

Venezuela’s El Salto Ángel, or Angel Falls, is the tallest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. Towering over Canaima National Park at 979 meters (3212 feet), the waterfall is 19 times the height of Niagara Falls.

To access Angel Falls in the heart of Venezuela’s isolated jungle, visitors must have an adventurous spirit. After first flying to Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolívar to reach the park, visitors are taken to the base of the falls by guides in dugout wooden canoes.

Though originally known as Kerepakupai Vená (“Waterfall of the Deepest Place”) in the indigenous language of the Pemon people, the falls came to be known by their current name in 1937 after American pilot Jimmie Angel’s plane crashed at the mouth of the falls.


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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.”


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Inside the Demonstrations in Venezuela

To view more photos and videos from the protests in Venezuela, visit the Chacaíto and Plaza Luis Brión location pages or browse the #SOSVenezuela hashtag on Instagram.

On Tuesday, tens of thousands of demonstrators came together in Caracas, Venezuela’s Plaza Luis Brión to voice discontent with the government over crime, the economy and pressures on free speech.

This protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations over the past several weeks, many of which have resulted in violence between protestors and the police. Opposition leader Leopoldo López, the former mayor of Caracas who the government has charged with stoking the violence, made a speech before the crowds in the plaza before turning himself in to the police.