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Capturing Australian Hip-Hop with Photographer Averie Cole To...

Sun, 12/06/2015 - 16:57

Capturing Australian Hip-Hop with Photographer Averie Cole

To see more of Averie’s photos, check out @averiecole on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

Averie Cole (@averiecole) was studying photography in Sydney when she came across a quote that changed her perspective.

“It was like, ‘Look at what you love or what your life’s about and follow that.’ So I was like, ‘Oh, I love hip-hop. I’m going to take photos of hip-hop,’” she says.

Averie, who grew up in a small town in Australia, always went to rap shows growing up, but she never thought about bringing her camera with her. That was about to change. Averie began taking pictures of local acts — the Hilltop Hoods, 360, Thundamentals, Horrorshow —as well as the American artists that came through town, like Joey Bada$$, Wiz Khalifa and Pete Rock.

“All of a sudden this whole community opened up to me,” she says, “and I just started meeting new people that I’d never met before, but I’d always seen at shows.”

Today, in addition to her music photography, Averie takes wedding photos on the side to pay the rent, giving her the freedom to focus on her true passion. Now she’s set to release a book of her work, called As Heard By, featuring her journey as a hip-hop photographer. The book will include Averie’s photos of both local and international rappers, along with stories written by other artists.

“I just love shooting hip-hop,” she says. “For me, it doesn’t feel like I’m working.”

—Instagram @music

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Sun, 12/06/2015 - 16:14

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Producer, Rapper, Art Dealer: Inside Swizz Beatz’ ‘No...

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 22:29

Producer, Rapper, Art Dealer: Inside Swizz Beatz’ ‘No Commission’ at Art Basel Miami

To see more from Swizz’ “No Commission” art fair, check out @therealswizzz on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

When producer and rapper Swizz Beatz (@therealswizzz) needs to relax, he grabs a paintbrush.

“It’s my therapy,” the Bronx-born beat-maker says. “I’ve never sold my paintings, I just give them away to charity and hospitals.”

Now it’s time to add art dealer to his list of titles. Swizz is currently in Miami for Art Basel, where he’s dipping his toes into direct art-selling for the first time through a fair he organized called “No Commission.” It’s free for the public to come and enjoy, complete with a nightly concert series featuring performances from his wife Alicia Keys, along with A-Trak, and Swizz himself. Best of all? The artists featured are selling their works for their own prices, and they keep 100 percent of the profits. Swizz literally takes no commission. He’s not trying to upset the current art market or take on some money-grubbing establishment. He just realizes his successes and cultural iconography lend him a special opportunity to help others.

“I wanted to build it as a celebration to and for the artists,” says Swizz, who is also a board member of the Brooklyn Museum. “We can have the artists curate their own pieces that they want to put in the show. It’s like everybody coming together and just having fun — and there’s no politics and side business involved. I think sometimes people need to have that breakthrough.”

No Commission is the end game of a long love and appreciation for visual arts. Swizz purchased his first paintings when he was 19. Back then he was buying major works — stuff by Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol. He followed trends and saw paintings as investments, always reaching for what would be worth the most in years to come. Then he started traveling more, discovering new artists that maybe didn’t have the name but gave him a gut reaction, and soon his whole approach to the art world changed.

“If I don’t feel it, I don’t get it,” he says, “and it could be something that nobody is paying attention to. I might feel that and say, ‘You know what? I know this is going to be worth a billion dollars later, but I like this piece right here that’s not being showcased.’ Or, sometimes it is a piece that’s expensive that I like. It’s all about the feeling.”

When his children were born, he started collecting with a purpose, creating The Dean Collection (Dean is his familial last name) and he began sharing his findings online. In fact, most of his artistic discovery now happens through social media, where the simple act of sharing work in his Dean Collection feeds sometimes helps unknown artists with sales.

“I didn’t know I was helping the artist until the artist started telling me like, ‘Man, you helped me make 16 sales or 5 sales’ or this and that,” he says. “A lot of them are my friends, and I have a lot of relationships I can pass them on to these artists with nothing in return.”

It was these interactions with his Dean Collection friends that led to No Commission’s birth. Swizz doesn’t own these particular pieces on display, but most of the artists featured are artists he currently collects. They know his kids; his kids know them. They’ve become one big, happy, arty family. He put established artists like Shepard Fairey and Kehinde Wiley right next to up and comers from all around the world, and he did the same with the musical artists of the No Commission concert series. Pieces are being sold, the artists are getting their play, and everyone is loving it — even the heads of the big commission-taking galleries and auctioneers.

“I know people from the streets are going to feel that, but to have people from big, big organizations and big committees … to have people that are really responsible for saying yes and no to certain things — they didn’t fight it,” he says. “It’s something that people would usually go against. My show is called No Commission, and to have many a gallery owner come, it’s a very friendly thing.”

No Commission ends on December 5 in Miami.

—Kat Bein for Instagram @music

An All-Access Pass Inside the COP21 with @paoloverzone For more...

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 21:53

An All-Access Pass Inside the COP21 with @paoloverzone

For more of Paolo’s COP21 coverage, follow @paoloverzone on Instagram.

Across the globe people are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the COP21. Paolo Verzone (@paoloverzone), a photojournalist covering the UN climate change conference near Paris, has a ringside seat. A native Italian based in Paris for the last 15 years, Paolo is fresh off an Arctic expedition chronicling the scientists documenting climate change. “Now I’m here looking at the diplomatic side,” he says. In an atmosphere he characterizes as stormy, he’s capturing real negotiations in real time. “We worked last night on the invisible part — the negotiators who just met in some corridors, because sometimes you get great results from small reunions instead of big sessions.” Those are the people advocating on behalf of the delegates Paolo has also been showing in his feed, people who have come to report that their way of life is endangered. Paolo says there is no sense of optimism yet. “Only suspense. Next week will be on the table the first results. Next week negotiators will focus on getting it done,” he says. As a citizen he hopes that they sign something durable. “The more they commit to do, the more it will affect the very real climate. I hope they get to some agreement. It’s time to do it.”

Freerunning with Ninja Warrior @katiemcdonnell For more photos...

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 16:03

Freerunning with Ninja Warrior @katiemcdonnell

For more photos and videos of Katie’s urban acrobatics, follow @katiemcdonnell on Instagram.

Urban acrobat. Sometimes stuntwoman. Accidental ninja. Professional freerunner Katie McDonnell (@katiemcdonnell) competed fiercely on Ninja Warrior UK last spring, but unlike most contestants, she did not prepare for months. “I did one day of specific training for the show,” says Katie, though she still crushed the TV program’s brutal course. The 24-year-old Windsor, England, native found freerunning by chance. While practicing cheerleading flips and tricks at the gym, a group of men assembled a series of obstacles that blocked her tumbling path. “I said, ‘Well, I can’t tumble here now, but I might as well join in with what you’re doing!’” Now, even as a professional, Katie maintains a similar curious and playful attitude while tackling tough tricks on the street or in the gym. “I didn’t step out thinking, ‘Oh, I can make a career out of this,’” Katie says. “It’s something I was doing for fun.”

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPreflective Weekend Hashtag Project...

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 22:51

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPreflective

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and 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.

The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos of creative and surprising reflections.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Explore as many types of reflective surfaces as you can find — from pools of water to porcelain plates and even the shiny metallic holiday decorations adorning homes and shop windows this time of year.
  • Pay special attention to how light can bounce off reflective surfaces and what it looks like at different times of day. Try playing with a particularly reflective element to create interesting spots of light and shadow on the subject of your photo.
  • Reflections can be crystal clear and create a mirrorlike effect or be more abstract and meld together two scenes. Be sure to look for examples of each to photograph for this weekend’s project.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPreflective hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured Monday.

Instagram Music’s Monthly Hashtag Project: #MHPduets Monthly...

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 16:58

Instagram Music’s Monthly Hashtag Project: #MHPduets

Monthly Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @music on Instagram.

‘Tis the season to bring people together. Which is why the goal of this month’s project, #MHPduets, is to make photos and videos of musical duos — including singers, dancers, musicians or even a pair of instruments. Here’s how to get started:

  • Look for ways to balance your subjects through symmetry, complementary colors and movements, or areas of light and dark.
  • Take a video of two singers or musicians performing together. (If you include music in your video submissions, just be sure it’s only music to which you own the rights.)
  • If photographing people, make sure the connection to music is clear by incorporating musical props or shooting in a music-related setting, such as your favorite venue or concert hall.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #MHPduets hashtag only to photos and videos taken this month and only submit your own. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged image or video taken this month is eligible to be featured.

Hip-Hop and Frosting: Celebrating #nationalcookieday with...

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 16:06

Hip-Hop and Frosting: Celebrating #nationalcookieday with @vickiee_yo

It’s #nationalcookieday! For more bite-worthy posts, explore the hashtag and follow @vickiee_yo on Instagram.

Fun fact: Vickie Liu’s (@vickiee_yo) motivation music of choice when frosting hundreds of tiny cat cookies? “Tupac, to be honest,” says the 25-year-old. “I listen to a lot of old-school hip-hop while I frost — I find it really therapeutic.” Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, the self-taught baker began creating cookie art as a stress reliever while studying interior design. But while her creations are all pastel puns and whimsical cuteness, she enjoys maintaining a separation between her on- and offline persona. “I try to make my work really colorful, and I like working on a small scale,” says Vickie. “But people meet me and I’m the complete opposite of what they thought. They’re like, ‘Oh, you’re so much cooler than I thought you would be.’ And I’m like, ‘What? Is that a compliment?!’”

All Eyes on COP21 with @jr and @darrenaronofsky’s ‘The Standing...

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 22:04

All Eyes on COP21 with @jr and @darrenaronofsky’s ‘The Standing March’

For more photos of The Standing March, follow @jr and @darrenaronofsky on Instagram.

(This interview was conducted in French.)

All eyes are literally on the international leaders gathered in Paris to discuss climate change at COP21, thanks to the public art installation The Standing March by French street artist JR (@jr) and American director Darren Aronofsky (@darrenaronofsky). The two teamed up to invite citizens of the world to attend the meeting by putting their faces on symbolic monuments in Paris. “Climate change is a global issue. We are now all watching and waiting for politics to take the lead on this,” says JR.

Darren and JR individually filmed some 600 people within three days to create the video installation. “We shot this in New York in order to get as many different cultures and backgrounds as we could in only a few days,” says JR. “These 600 people all together are creating a representation of humanity. The Standing March is our way of being part of this event. COP21 must end with meaningful agreements between the countries.”

Yar! A Peak Inside Bip Ling’s Creative Emporium To see more of...

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 19:35

Yar! A Peak Inside Bip Ling’s Creative Emporium

To see more of Bip’s colorful creations, check out @bipling on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

There’s always something happening in Bip Ling’s (@bipling) world. She’s a fashion blogger, a model, a GIF maker, a DJ and now, a musician. On top of that, she’s got to keep track of Mooch, her sassy, round, two-dimensional friend who likes to waltz in and out of her photos.

“He’s got a crush on Hello Kitty and wants to date her, which is really annoying,” says Bip, over the phone from her flat in London, about her animated sidekick.

Really, Mooch is just another piece of Bip’s creative universe, one filled with photo shoots and cheeseburgers and “Yar” — a word she likes to add to the beginning and end of her sentences.

Bip first started getting attention in London culture circles through her zany fashion blog, which she launched back in 2009. From there, she started picking up modeling gigs with brands like Louis Vuitton and Forever 21. But her focus soon shifted, and five years into blogging, she had an epiphany.

“I was making this blog but I wasn’t quite satisfied, and I came to the conclusion that music was what I had to do — that’s my release,” she says. “I love making GIFs — I will be making GIFs until I die. But that wasn’t making me content.”

Bip has been writing and listening to music since she was young, taking a go at the drums and the violin. But she didn’t really know how to start a band — none of her friends were interested in playing music. Thankfully, that’s a problem of the past. Over the last year, Bip’s turned her attention to writing lyrics and releasing two singles in “Bipping” and “Bip Burger,” while working with musician Stefan Abingdon and producer Aaron LaCrate.

Like any emerging singer, she currently has plans to release more music and, eventually, a full-length album. But, as with anything Bip does, there’s a twist.

“Have you heard of hip-hop? I make bip-bop,” she says. “I want to be the first pop artist in the whole world to use my name in every single song ever. Bip-bop. It’s a whole new vibe, yar.”

—Instagram @music

The Sweet @kendalljenner Photo That Won #tbt in 2015 To see...

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 16:02

The Sweet @kendalljenner Photo That Won #tbt in 2015

To see more photos from Kendall, follow @kendalljenner on Instagram.

First grade. Braids. Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) in a costume. The top #tbt of the year. (Because how could it not be?)

“A great tbt shows an authentic glimpse into your life, and something adorable or funny always wins extra points,” says 20-year-old Kendall about the photo above on the left, from the year her family dressed up as a baseball team for Halloween. (“Since there are so many of us.”)

When it comes to sharing pictures, Kendall keeps her images as mysterious as possible. The model posted the current photo, shown on the right, with only a heart emoji in the caption, to mirror the hearts in her hair, but no other context. “It’s not only about what I want people to see, but also what they can interpret from a single moment that may have no context,” she says. “I enjoy getting artistic with my posts.”

This post is part of an ongoing series, featuring 2015’s top content on Instagram. If you’re in the US, check out Explore (the magnifying glass) in your app to find out where the top geotagged locations were — and follow @instagram for more.

Iraqi Artist @hayvkahraman on Gauging Interest and the Gender...

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 01:39

Iraqi Artist @hayvkahraman on Gauging Interest and the Gender Gap

To see more photos from Hayv, follow @hayvkahraman on Instagram.

For the artist Hayv Kahraman (@hayvkahraman), sharing a photo of a translucent face she’s painting on linen or posting a video of slowly melting glue is like having an enormous studio visit. “It enables me to gauge people’s interests and, most importantly, whether the work is accessible or not,” she says. “Since I work rather solitarily, this platform becomes important.” Hayv, who was born in Iraq and lives in Los Angeles, is one of more than 100 women artists represented in the Rubell Family Collection’s (@rubellcollection) show, “No Man’s Land,” which opens this week in Miami. “It’s funny how we put on shows, categorizing them as ‘women’s exhibitions,’ as this already speaks of the great divide and gender gap in the art world,” she says. “Unfortunately, I think it’s necessary to do so in our contemporary reality, so I’m all for it. Although I can’t wait to move beyond that dialogue.”

Backstage, Onstage and in the Studio with Music Photographer...

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 18:24

Backstage, Onstage and in the Studio with Music Photographer Jesse Lirola

To see more of Jesse’s photos, check out @jesselirola on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

Jesse Lirola (@jesselirola) was just trying to get out of the photo pit.

“I had a couple mentors at that point in my life,” says the Chicago-based music photographer. “And they would get backstage. They would get onstage. I’d see them up there and I’d be like, ‘F—. This sucks. I’m stuck here. I can’t get there. How do I get there?’”

At that point, Jesse was just starting out as a music photographer. He had already learned the tools of the trade, first from his parents, who met at a New York City movie theater in 1978 (they spotted each other because they were both wearing Leicas around their necks), and later from folks he ran into while doing video production work. Much of it, though, was self-taught.

“I started using Photoshop and after that I talked to my dad about it and I’m like, ‘What the hell? I’ve got all these great photos, but they’re with a two-megapixel camera. Why doesn’t he say something?’” says Jesse. “And he’s like, ‘You know, if I would have said something, you wouldn’t have wanted to listen. And you got to figure it out for yourself.’”

Good advice, Pops. Jesse eventually figured a lot of things on his own, including how to get backstage to take more candid photos of the artists he admired. By making connections with managers and musicians, Jesse would get an artist pass, which essentially gave him free reign to shoot wherever he pleased. (“I just got frustrated with being confined,” he says.) That’s how he managed to capture some of his most memorable work, including that melted portrait above of Travis Scott.

“I had an apartment super close to the Fader Fort [at SXSW] and I was shooting Polaroids all week and would bring them back and set them on the counter,” says Jesse. “The ones I brought on the last day were still wet. After eight days of no sleep my brain wasn’t quite what it should’ve been. I was like ‘Oh it’s wet, I should put it in the microwave.’ I kinda knew something would happen. I put it in for a minute and pushed start and the thing just burst into flames.”

You can check out more of Jesse’s work — microwaved and otherwise — over at @jesselirola.

—Instagram @music

Cosmic Coincidences and Lots of Rainbows: The Wild Work of...

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 16:03

Cosmic Coincidences and Lots of Rainbows: The Wild Work of @jenstark

To see more photos from Jen, follow @jenstark on Instagram.

It’s loud; it’s bright; it’s psychedelic; but the wild work of Jen Stark (@jenstark) is rooted in the natural world. “In nature, color is used as an attractant, whether it’s telling you that something is poisonous, like a crazy, colorful mushroom, or delicious, like a berry,” Jen says. A recent transplant to Los Angeles from Miami, Jen wasted no time meeting the right people — first, Wayne Coyne (@waynecoyne5) of the Flaming Lips, and then his close friend, Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus). A few days after Jen and Miley met, MTV approached Miley with a mock-up billboard for the VMAs with the star’s image imposed on Jen’s artwork. “It was a funny cosmic coincidence,” says Jen. Now the two have collaborated on the art for Miley’s newly released “Lighter” video, composed entirely of Jen’s animated projections on Miley’s frame. “We went in the production studio and just projected it on her body, and she just sang the song,” says Jen. “I thought it was a perfect fit.”

Soothing Food Preparation Rituals with Psychologist...

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 22:01

Soothing Food Preparation Rituals with Psychologist @nouralmejadi

To see more photos from Nour, follow @nouralmejadi on Instagram.

As a psychologist, 23-year-old Nour Al Mejadi’s (@nouralmejadi) work focuses mainly on comforting others. But when she needs her own respite, Nour turns to cooking — lots of cooking.

“I love food,” says Nour, who lives in Kuwait. “My mother is very supportive, but she complains that I am always using the kitchen. So now we’re building another small kitchen just for me.”

But Nour isn’t just interested in her final products — documenting the preparation is equally important. “I don’t make food just to take a picture, but I never make food and not take a picture of it,” she says. Nour’s attentive nature comes out during each stage of cooking. Combining ingredients from the East and West, she creates distinctive dishes with a simple presentation and style. The process is a soothing ritual for Nour and it has had bonus social benefits. “I’m really shy,” she says. “When I started my new job I baked cupcakes and passed them around so that people would talk to me. I never make food just for myself — I make it for others. It’s helping me break out of my shell and meet new people.”

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPhandmade Weekend Hashtag Project...

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 22:40

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPhandmade

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and 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 prompt was #WHPhandmade, which asked participants to make photos and videos that feature artisanal crafts or their own handmade projects. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

Capturing the Atlanta Falcons’ Game Day Experience with...

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 21:56

Capturing the Atlanta Falcons’ Game Day Experience with Photographer @kevindliles

To see more of Kevin’s photos, follow @kevindliles on Instagram.

When photographing Atlanta Falcons football games, Kevin D. Liles (@kevindliles) will take the requisite shots of touchdowns and dramatic tackles, but as a contractor for the team, he has the freedom to also point his lens away from the field. “Everything else is fascinating to me — the fans, the colors, the details, the face paint, the tattoos,” the 36-year-old says. “All the little things add up to tell a much richer story than just the action.” Sure, sometimes he’s 300 feet (90 meters) above the field on a catwalk, capturing quarterback Matt Ryan in the middle of a throw, but other times he’s getting smaller moments, like a detailed picture of defensive end Adrian Clayborn’s dreadlocks. Kevin also covers local and national news, like a recent Hillary Clinton campaign stop, for the New York Times. But no matter what he’s shooting, Kevin’s approach to preparation is the same: “I do my homework. With the players, I try to learn as much about them as I can. Same thing with news assignments. Everything I do, I just try to tell stories.”

Appreciating Punk Culture, Cats and Sia With Los Angeles Artist...

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 16:35

Appreciating Punk Culture, Cats and Sia With Los Angeles Artist Zoë Zag

To see more of Zoë Zag’s concert posters, check out @zcrytuff on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

Growing up in L.A., Zoë Zag (@zcrytuff) loved art but never thought of it as a career option. “I didn’t go to art school. I’ve taken classes but I don’t really understand why it’s like, ‘Oh, now I have a piece of paper that says I’m an artist.’ That doesn’t really work for me.”

That all changed thanks to a chance encounter with a pop star and a longtime friendship with a quartet of skate punks who realized their potential as musicians. After meeting Sia in Echo Park and bonding over some ice cream, Zoë ended up doing the production design for her “Chandelier” video. “That was the first time I got paid for art and it blew my mind. Like, ‘Are you kidding me?’” she says.

At that point, Zoë was in the first year of her relationship with FIDLAR drummer Max Kuehn, who she knew, along with his bandmates, since they were high schoolers. The graffiti cover for their second album, Too, is actually a wall in her living room, and she designed much of their recent merch and music videos. Most notably, the visuals for lead single “40 oz. on Repeat” hilariously spoofed everything from Soundgarden and Oasis to Jamiroquai and Missy Elliott. “It’s such an awesome family of people that welcomed me into the group,” she says. “It’s really fun and natural.”

On top of that, Zoë and Max have their own lo-fi band the Squirmers, which she fronts while he plays the instruments. Last year, they released their four-song debut EP Tampico, named after the juice they’d mix with cheap vodka. “You can’t get worse than that,” says Zoë, laughing while revealing that it’s also a reminder of a “f—ed up” period in her life. So far, the Squirmers have played one show, which also happened to be her birthday party. “It’s not my main thing. It’s not like, ‘I’m a musician now. I’m going to start playing shows and tour.’”

As fall turns to winter, Zoë’s current focus is screen printing jackets and shirts, drawing inspiration from old punk gig flyers and vintage advertisements. “It’s easy to pick up a pen and draw a lady, a body, but we see that all the time so I stay away from that,” she says. “When I see ink on a piece of paper it’s not very exciting to me. What’s cool about screen printing is I can draw something very small and then blow it up. I’ll even carve out wood, stamp it and make a shirt.”

With Max on the road, Zoë’s at home with their cat Brian Eno. “He’s like a dog. When we’re recording he just hangs out. He’ll crawl into Max’s bass drum and sleep.”

Happily for both pet and owner, Max will soon be home for a couple months, during which they’ll finally finish a bunch more Squirmers songs. There are no set plans for an album, though Zoë already has ideas for videos and maybe a few gigs at bowling alleys or warehouses.

“Who knows what we’ll do,” she says, “but I know it’s going to be fun.”

—Dan Reilly for Instagram @music

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Sun, 11/29/2015 - 16:00

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Discovering What Being Wealthy Is Really About with...

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 21:57

Discovering What Being Wealthy Is Really About with @paulinhohop

To see more of Paulo’s photos, follow @paulinhohop on Instagram.

(This interview was conducted in Portuguese.)

“#hellomynameis Paulo Henrique Teodoro (@paulinhohop). I am 18 years old and live in Campinas, Brazil. I currently work at a music store and hope to study photography at university next year. In my free time, I am a hip-hop dancer and a photographer. As a kid, I really wanted to be a doctor, but it turns out that dream came from those around me more than from myself. When I realized that photography was one of my passions, I was visiting Rio de Janeiro. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, I discovered that I do not need money to be rich. Being wealthy is about doing what I love: traveling, taking photographs and discovering new places.”