I must admit I used to be rather suspicious of Instagram. I did believe that its sole purpose was to enable absolutely anybody to instantly share the pictures of their food or of themselves in the lift – and to twist them up with filters to make them feel like art. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing bad in it, it’s just nothing I would be interested in. Then, one day, convinced by an Instagram-addicted friend, I gave it a go – and I was stunned by what I found. It turned out that Instagram is full of wonderful photography.

In the abundance of photographs taken, some are truly remarkable  – and deserve more than just a short Instagram life. This is why I decided to find a place for them here, for future reference. Every now and then, I will be presenting you with the best of my Instagram discoveries. I’ll divide them into categories, to put an order to the chaos of Instagram wonders. Today – the best of street captions.

I collected the photographs that intrigued, amused or amazed me and that fall into the general category of street photography. It is, however, such a diverse label that I narrowed it down a little further: I divided them by what I find to be the most important in their subject matter.
 

Movement

 

 

 

People

 


 

 

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I can't help but think I'm being influenced by my love of Saul leiter now. People said before the way I used colour reminded me of him so I looked him up, that was a month or so ago. And now I take a few shots and when I look at them I don't know if it's my own choices quite so much. Going to stop looking at people's work I like too much. In small doses. . . . . . . . #SPiCollective#streetphotography#ig_streetphotography#ig_street#street_photography#streetphotographer#streetphotographers#street_photographer#streetphoto#streetphotos#streetphotografy#meistershots#instamagazine#streetdreamsmag#fragmentmag#thecoolmagazine#moodygrams#streetleaks#agameoftones#lensculture#photoassignments#_53mm_

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Minibus – Istanbul

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Shapes

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Jonathan Higbee aka @aliveisthecity here to kick off my 10-day takeover of GUP. My style has often been called surreal, whimsical, minimal, and even “WTF.” Hey, that’s great, but as long as it changes your perception of the world around you, then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. I’m honored to be able to share my exploration of New York and the limits of street photography with you over several days through a publication as esteemed as GUP Magazine. This photo is perhaps my most popular. Titled “Times Square,” I staked out this spot for several days (the graphic blue triangle background kept me coming back) until this decisive moment finally unfolded before my eyes. I was fortunate enough to win the 2015 World Street Photography Awards grand prize & book cover with this work. #streetphotography #higbeeongup #streetdreams

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Streets

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This image was captured by SPi member Walter Rothwell @walter_rothwell. #SPi_Transport is this week's theme. We want to see your best street photography that features all forms of transport. Tag them #SPi_Transport and follow @streetphotographyinternational for your chance to be featured. #SPiCollective #streetphotography #streetphoto #streetphotografy #streetphotografy_bw #streetphoto_bw #streetphoto_bnw #ig_streetphotography #ig_street #street_photography #streetphotographer #streetphotographers #street_photographer #streetphoto #streetphotos #streetphotografy #meistershots #instamagazine #killtheunderground #streetdreamsmag #fragmentmag #thecoolmagazine #believeinfilm

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China is…

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Sea

 

 

Stay tuned and watch this space – the next instalment of the Instagram digest will be focused on faces!


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