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This morning I read that IG is considering hiding the Like counts under the posts claiming they want people to focus on what they share, not how many likes the posts get. Isn’t it the greatest news? 😍 I’m looking forward to it - to the end of the ‘likes era’. Hopefully, everyone here might finally start sharing what they love and what feels good and authentic, without fearing the silly numbers, comparing the engagement on their posts to that of the others’ and/or deleting photos that, for some reason, didn’t get enough likes. Not to mention that buying fake likes would become utterly pointless (hehe 😉). What do you guys think? 💭
The winter is almost here! Who’s as excited as I am for Game of Thrones tonight?? 👀 Now... I’m contemplating either staying awake until 2am or waking up at like 6am. I don’t think I can wait longer than that...
Last year was full of ups and downs for me on IG. Recently, I’ve been doing a few things that make me feel good here, so I thought I’d share some of them with you: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❂ I don’t check my IG first thing in the morning. Actually, most days I don’t even check my mails or messages until like 11am ⏰ ❂ I focus on my ‘me’ time first. Meditating, moving my body, reading, listening to podcasts, etc. I also write @fiveminutejournal - a life changer 📖 ❂ I set up another account, where I post photos in a very different style to what you see on this account. I follow completely different kind of people, create mood boards, find new inspirations, try new things, new edits. It’s free of ads, IG trends, repetition, competition. Happy place ❤️ ❂ I unfollowed a small bunch of people who weren’t brining any value to me. Nothing personal. People change, so do I, and no one should feel bad about it. ❂ I put less emphasis on what people think about me and my work here and more emphasis on what I think about my own work instead. We all care so much about other people’s (and the algorithm’s!) opinions that it’s crippling us. We don’t share photos we genuinely love, we don’t share comments expressing what we actually think, we don’t try new things fearing the numbers will plummet. All these things are out of our control. I don’t want someone’s (and the algorithm’s!) preferences to dictate me what I should or shouldn’t do. ❂ I keep myself as far away from all the comparison and overthinking traps as I can. The minute I notice I compare myself (or my work) to someone (or their work) or I overthink, I turn off the app right away. I want to feel light, positive and uplifted every time I’m here ❤️ What do you do that makes you feel good here? 😊
Postcard from York ✨ The last few days have been all about sitting in front of the screen, editing, writing, working. I’m so done with that! Someone please take me away! 😅 I really look forward to planning a UK road trip sometime this year. The only dilemma is... where?? The UK has just so many lovely places. Snowdonia National Park, cause I’ve never been to Wales. My Peak District inspo board looks quite stunning, too. There’re also my favourite beautiful Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye, which I keep saying that have been on my mind for years. Shetland? Northern Ireland? Eastern Scotland? What do you think? 🤔
The more I enjoy a trip, the more time it takes for me to get around to sharing posts about it and I still try to figure out why’s that. Perhaps the things I enjoy photographing and documenting most aren’t that instagrammable? Like, you know, a couple of guys sitting underneath a blue cloth put up in the back of their van, hiding away from the strong midday sun and selling fresh fruits 🍍🍌🍇 Perhaps some things and experiences can’t easily be captured in photos? Or perhaps Instagram simply seems less appealing when the life happens to be much more interesting? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every journey teaches me something new about myself and changes my views on photography and my relationship with Instagram. My time in Sri Lanka has been reminding me a lot of the trip in Indonesia last fall, during which I learned that I do love photographing local life, places and strangers(!) probably more than anything else. Those unexpected, unique, uncurated moments, you know ❤️ Documenting what I see and experience in front of my eyes whilst wandering rather than scouting around for the best insta-angles and spots to stand and pose, and essentially ending up creating photographs that bore me. Nothing wrong with that at all and I champion those who do it brilliantly, but often I find it’s not really for me and with time I’ve grown to be okay with that. Cause, you know, at the end of the day, isn’t it what we all travel for - to see the beautiful world, meet amazing people, taste new cuisines, try new things, and capture all the favourite memories (no matter what they are) in the pictures? Anyway, have a good evening! More pics coming soon 😉❤️
Guess what?? I’m in Sri Lanka! 🇱🇰 Well, I’ve been here for a few awesome days already and spending them almost completely offline was initially a mission impossible, but I’m doing very well 😏 What’s been actually a real bloody challenge is going through all the photos, stories and experiences and choosing what to share with you. So here are some cute monkeys 🐒 in the meantime. I can’t stop photographing them - send help! 🙊 Keep an eye on my Stories for more 👊🏼❤️
Saying goodbye to my favourite London for a little while. Just please, please, hang on with all the blossom while I’m away! 😅🌺❤️ Are you travelling anywhere this weekend, too?
There’s something about this place that words can’t express. Deià is a beautiful, tranquil oasis which has been drawing in artists and writers since the 19th century. As a part of the area awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status, the little town is surrounded by some of Mallorca’s prettiest landscapes and its natural outstanding beauty and fairytale-like views are just wow wow ❤️ And only 700 people live here! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On that day, I slept in for the golden hour in the morning, so just jumped out of bed, quickly put some clothes and shoes on and ran to check the view from the Mirador down the street. But... there’s a narrow alley on the other side, leading up a hill - it’s well worth a climb. The views of a hill from another hill are *much* better, don’t you think? 😍
Happy Meowday, everyone! 🐱💕
Early morning stroll around the narrow alleys of Valldemossa, a historic town in North Mallorca which calmness and charm I won’t be able to forget ✨ Nestled away among the forested Sierra de Tramuntana, it’s a place of a truly outstanding beauty. Colourful flowers and green plants that line the sides of the passages 🌺🌿, singing birds 🕊, tranquil atmosphere... just a few things I love about this town. Have you been here yet? 😍
Hola from Mallorca! 🇪🇸 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Getting up at the crack of dawn to wander the narrow alleys of Palma, capturing beautiful pastel façades and observing how the locals start their day. All whilst looking for the first sip of morning coffee ☕️ I’ve been in Mallorca for the last few days, exploring some of its loveliest gems and overloading my camera roll with photos (more in Stories!) Can I please stay forever? 😍
Having a bit itchy feet over here. I’m looking at my travel bucket list and have a feeling I miss out on something. So I’m thinking of compiling another list - cause who said there can be just one? 😉 Where’s the best place you’ve been and why? Tell me!