Off the Beaten Path at Art Basel Miami Beach: Touring Wynwood with @shaynabatya
Art Basel Miami Beach (@artbasel), one of the world’s leading Modern and Contemporary art shows, began Thursday. More than 250 galleries from across the globe take part and past events have seen more than 50,000 visitors flock to the fair’s main site at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
During Art Basel week, street art enthusiasts often venture beyond the Convention Center to the small neighborhood of Wynwood. Street art legends like Shepard Fairey (@obeygiant), Futura (@futuradosmil), Kenny Scharf (@kennyscharf) and Martha Cooper (@marthacoopergram) often visit Wynwood alongside up-and-comers like Johnny Robles (@johnny_robles), Evoca1 (@evoca1), Ever (@eversiempre) and Never (@never2501).
For Miami Instagrammer and photojournalist Shayna Batya (@shaynabatya), Wynwood is home all year round. “I believe that there is no place on earth like Wynwood,” she says. “I like to think of Wynwood as an outdoor art gallery. Most of the international street artists who visit to paint on huge walls are surrounded by other painted walls, among even more painted walls. What a privilege it is to see such high-caliber street art on a normal basis.”
Driven by her passion for Wynwood, Shayna documents the neighborhood’s many murals and shares them with people around the world through the #WynwoodWatcher hashtag. Tune in to her account, @shaynabatya over the coming days for photos and videos from the fair and browse the #WynwoodWatcher hashtag for more images of the street art in her neighborhood.
Dark, defined lines give this sketch a sense of focus and structure, while bold colors make the rooftops stand out on the page.
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPstraightfacades
Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.
This weekend’s tag was #WHPstraightfacades, which asked participants to take creative photos of building exteriors from straight on. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.
Happy World Vegetarian Day!
#WhoIFollow: Japan’s @terajiro
This weekend, Instagram celebrates its third birthday! To mark the event, throughout the week we’re sharing a special series of #whoifollow features asking Instagrammers to share their favorite person to follow. For this first installment, we’ve asked Kazumi (@terajiro) from Japan to share hers.
Kazumi (@terajiro) began using Instagram in October 2010, just a couple weeks after the app first launched. Through Instagram photos and videos, she documents her daily life in Gunma (群馬県), a prefecture of Japan just a few hours northwest of Tokyo. In addition to snapshots from in and around Gunma, you’ll find that Kazumi’s photo series features spoons of all different shapes and sizes. She even runs a website dedicated to her work with spoons, spoonship.com.
Kazumi follows her friends in and around Japan, but over the past few years she has found inspiration in the photos and videos shared by the people she follows all around the world. Her favorite person to follow is @d0125, an Instagrammer based in China. “His photos are very quiet,” Kazumi says. “But I feel some story in them and I love his frame of reference.”