Chasing Toy Planes with @vnthota
For more of Varun’s photos, browse the #mytoyplane hashtag and follow @vnthota on Instagram.
As the son of a helicopter pilot, Macau Instagrammer Varun Thota (@vnthota) developed an early love for flying. “I used to play Microsoft’s Flight Simulator for hours and even used it to train for my mock pilot’s certificate as a kid,” Varun remembers.
Now in his late twenties, Varun is still simulating flight patterns but has taken to Instagram to explore his fascination with aviation in a series he calls #mytoyplane. “I decided to start the series when my dad picked up a limited edition Kinder Egg chocolate pack, which included five Airbus A330s inside them,” says Varun. Drawing inspiration from the #putaplaneonit hashtag, Varun adds, “A lot of the photos using that hashtag are quite amazing and it was interesting to see how people even blended in photos of planes with insane backgrounds. I wanted to do something similar, and the idea of using the perfectly sized Kinder Egg planes with someone holding it to add perspective was what I decided to try.”
The results are an imaginative set of photographs that playfully weave viewers through skyscrapers, city streets and the Macau countryside. When it comes to choosing his locations, Varun says, “I try to pick them when I feel they are realistic enough to have actual planes fly over or by them, so this is usually over resident buildings or estates. One of my favorites is looking up through a fire exit ladder.”
More than anything, what Varun looks forward to about the #mytoyplane series, and Instagram in general, is the relationship building: “The thing I enjoy most about the series is how fun it is to include other people in it. It’s always fun to show people the plane, tell them the story and then ask them for a helping hand in taking the shot.”
10:18 am • 17 4月 2014 • 3,386 リアクション
Scotland Celebrates Up Helly Aa 2014
For more photos and videos from the celebrations in Scotland, browse the #uphellyaa hashtag.
In Scotland, on the last Tuesday of each January, towns throughout Shetland mark the end of the Yule Season with the Up Helly Aa fire festival. In preparation for the festival, each town’s men organize into squads, with the chief squad led by the Jarl, an elected leader for the entire festival.
On the evening of the festival, the men dress in Viking costume and parade through the town carrying lit torches. In larger towns such as Lerwick, the processions can number nearly 1,000 celebrants. As night falls, the men follow the Jarl to the coastline where they throw their torches into a replica Viking longship and sing while it burns.
12:02 pm • 29 1月 2014 • 1,353 リアクション
Visiting Reykjavík’s Newest Bridge with @sigvicious
For more photos and videos of the new bridges, visit the Geirsnef location page. To see more from Reykjavík, follow @sigvicious.
In September 2013, two new bicycle and pedestrian bridges opened over the Elliðarár River in Reykjavík, Iceland. The bright-red, triangular structures shortened the distance between Central and Grafarvogur by 0.7 km (0.4 mi) and introduced striking, modern architecture to the snowy landscape ripe for photographing.
Iceland Instagrammer Siggeir Hafsteinsson (@sigvicious) grew up in Reykjavík and made the trek to shoot the bridges when they opened. “I spent the last six months or so in Barcelona, so I wasn’t here when the bridges were being built,” he explains. “I’ve always been fascinated by construction and architecture, so when I saw they had opened I had to visit to take a shot.” So far, Sig says the response from Icelanders has been positive: “from what I can tell people really love them!”
10:34 pm • 9 1月 2014 • 1,628 リアクション
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3:09 pm • 31 12月 2013
Kumamon in all his glory. He even came with a tiny shinai. He’s so kewt! (⌒‐⌒)
2:27 am • 31 12月 2013 • 22 リアクション