I spend a lot of time on Instagram, as I’m sure you do too. It’s one of the first apps I check in the morning, and one of the last I visit before going to bed. I find myself turning to it whenever I’m bored, absentmindedly scrolling through my feed, before flicking over to the Explore tab and working my way through that.
Back in January, I shared a few of my favourite Instagram accounts, to help liven up your feed and bring a bit of variety to your scrolling (You can check that post out here). It seemed to go down pretty well with people, so I thought I’d do a follow up. If it ain’t broke, and all that.
So, with that in mind, here are 8 more accounts you should be following on Instagram.
1) BBC Earth: @bbcearth
Everybody loves Planet Earth. It’s one of the greatest documentary series ever and I’ll happily fight you if you disagree. The BBC Earth account is basically the Instagram version of this, full of stunning photos of animals and landscapes around the world. And if you close your eyes, you can almost hear David Attenborough’s soft, gentle voice – just relax and let it wash over you like a cool, refreshing breeze.
2) Munchies: @munchies
I follow an awful lot of food accounts on Instagram, and I’m not ashamed of it. Occasionally they inspire me to try out a new recipe, but most of the time they just make me hungry. Either way, I’m not complaining. Munchies is one of my current favourites, thanks to its mix of ridiculous, gut-busting dishes and behind the scenes shots and footage.
3) Haarkon: @haarkon_
Haarkon is managed by India and Magnus, two Sheffield-based photographers currently on a ‘self-initiated greenhouse tour of the world’. As you might expect, their feed is full of gorgeous shots of lush greenery, both indoors and outside. I’ve often found that scrolling through their photos has a unique, calming influence – give it a try and you’ll soon see what I mean.
4) Extra Fabulous: @extrafabulous_comics
Extra Fabulous is another of my favourite cartoon/illustration accounts. A lot of it is either fairly dry or immature humour, but I regularly find myself cracking up at it, so I guess I’ve got an immature sense of humour too. Who knew, eh?
5) Somewhere I Would Like To Live: @somewhereiwouldliketolive
Pretty self-explanatory, this one. Somewhere I Would Like To Live shares photos of unique architecture and interior design from around the world. Basically, places the account’s curators would like to live – and I’m pretty sure you’d like to live in some of them too. I know I would.
6) Accidentally On Purpose: @accidentalzine
Accidentally on Purpose is an interesting account, taking an unconventional approach to photography. All of the photos shared here came about as an accident, or were originally discarded. The idea behind the account (and the print magazine) is to shine a light on the often unpredictable nature of analogue photography – with some pretty impressive results!
7) Scenic Simpsons: @scenic_simpsons
Scenic Simpsons isn’t like the other, seemingly endless accounts that share TV screenshots on Instagram (there’s a time and place for them, of course). This account is ‘dedicated to showcasing the most beautiful scenes, colours, sets and abstract compositions’ from everyone’s favourite childhood cartoon. And don’t worry, they only cover the glory years (seasons 1-10).
8) Mei: @mk0000
Manchester is full of eye-catching architecture, but it’s easy to take it for granted when you live here. When you’re not a visitor somewhere, you don’t tend to be as observant, which is a shame. Luckily, there are Instagrammers like Mei around to shake things up a bit. Mei’s feed is full beautiful, well-composed scenes from around the city, and will make you look up and take notice next time you’re out and about.
What good is a post about Instagram if I can’t get involved in a bit of shameless self-promotion? If you like shots of food, booze and general shenanigans, then ooh boy this is the account for you!