Five São Paulo Instagram Accounts to Follow

I know they say social media makes us less happy, but I have to argue that my Instagram lifts my mood. My aim is to post a photo a day of something interesting I see during my day. Sometimes I have days where I post nothing, sometimes I have the urge to post twenty photos, but I try to limit myself to one because I like the idea of picking a single image to sum up the day. This project has made me more mindful of my surroundings. Even though I do the same route most days, I find that sometimes just looking upwards leads to a new discovery.

 

I also love getting inspiration from other accounts on Instagram. Here’s a few of my favorite SP-centered ones:

1. Calçada SP
Calçada is full of well, calçadas, or sidewalks, featuring interesting details, odd trash or classic Portuguese tiles. The account is an interesting project with the goal of strengthening the citizen’s relationship with the physical city, as well as drawing attention to the rather neglected and haphazard state of São Paulo’s sidewalks. (I used to be frustrated that my photos were coming out crooked until I realized it was the sidewalk that was uneven.)

 

2. kato78
I’m not really sure how to describe K’s Instagram other than its good. He sometimes does straightforward shots, he sometimes uses unusual angles, but he always takes into consideration the geometry of the subject. They may be shots of landscapes, animals, food or buildings, but they’re always pleasing to the eye.

🍌 yes, nós temos bananas… 🍌 #VSCOcam

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3. Estilosos no Metrô
It’s a fashion Instagram, but not your typical slick photos of curated outfits provided by sponsors. Instead, creator Natália Nascimento snaps photos with her phone of a variety of people on the metro who are stylish in their own way. It’s refreshing, upbeat and fun.

 

4. SP em Cores
Photographer Marina Baravelli disproves the myth that São Paulo is a gray city with her colorful photos that are usually rather simple. It’s interesting to look at her main page to see her rainbow of photos.

 

5. dearaujo
Architect Décio Araújo manipulates images of landscapes, nature and buildings to create surreal portraits of São Paulo. He told Instagram’s blog, “I try to capture the city in unusual ways so that people might become more critical of the spaces in which they live.”

g a i o l a d e c o n c r e t o • XIV

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And while he’s based in Belo Horizonte, I want to mention Rafael Mantesso and his funny dog Jimmy Choo. Since he went viral last year, he’s become tremendously popular and even collaborated with the brand Jimmy Choo on a line of accessories. He’s one of the few I go out of my way to check for updates because his images are all so simple and delightful.

 

If you know of any other great Brazilian Instagrammers, please let me know!

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Home, One of Them

I’ve written about the idea of home and finding a sense of belonging numerous times, but I got a recent photo challenge to capture Home in an image. A year ago this may have stumped me, but I’ve come to realize there are in fact multiple places that feel like home, although they’re home in different ways.

With regard to SP, this image below sums up home for me. It’s the part of my walk where I’m nearly at my apartment. It’s the highest point of the hilly road, and I feel like I’m above the Paulista skyscrapers I see ahead. Despite the insane wiring hanging above, I feel a sense of calm, a sense of simple joy. This is home.

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The World Cup in Everyday São Paulo – Part One

For months now, I had been planning to do a post on how the city decorates for the World Cup. I was in Salvador for the 2006 Cup, and it was basically like Christmas. I couldn’t wait to see how it would be this year in a host city. The results are…rather underwhelming. There are plenty of flags and decorations to be seen, but it seems rather modest compared to what I saw in 2006. Still, I wanted to show what World Cup season looks like here, in both its grandiose and small ways. No matter where you are in the city, the World Cup’s presence is somehow there. More to come.

Republica

Republica 

Cambuci

Cambuci

Cambuci - Coca Cola has special edition cans that have its name written in different languages.

Cambuci – Coca Cola has special edition cans that have its name written in different languages.

Cambuci

Cambuci

Vila Mariana

Vila Mariana

Liberdade

Liberdade

Liberdade

Liberdade

Liberdade

Liberdade

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