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For regular readers of La Noir Image, you’re already familiar with what’s becoming a regular column – our 10 under 10K Instagram feature. If you think Instagram is just for the filter-happy shooter think again; our list includes truly amazing gems hidden among the hashtags. Though most IGers posting landscapes prefer shooting in color by a large margin, this made these Instagrammers that much easier to spot. So if you’ve been looking for a little inspiration to photograph amazing vistas in black & white this list will be sure to please.
HeyBaxster aka Marcos Sipriaso, starts off our list of Instagrammers to follow; his timeline is a mix of long exposure seascapes and travel photography that captures the beauty all around us. HeyBaxster uses tone and light to create contrasty, visually stunning work that’s meant to inspire wanderlust in his followers. The San Diego native uses a combination of dark and light tones to produce sharp images with tons of detail; it’s a slick modern look that we love.
Greg Stamos is in our opinion an anomaly – there’s no way this guy only has 290 follows! If you’re looking for inspiration on shooting long exposures in black and white this account is a must follow. His landscape images all have a quiet and calm about them that’s downright dreamlike. If serene compositions, and long exposure photography with tons of seascapes as the main subject is your thing, Greg Stamos is an Instagrammer to keep on your radar.
Chris Grenda is a relatively new photographer on Instagram; his profile bills him as a photographer jack-of-all-trades but it’s his dark and brooding landscapes that truly catch your attention. KrysisC99’s work reminds us of old Film Noir images – they’re unapologetically dark with lots of contrast that add texture to his scenes. This photographer is for those that love their imagery with a bit of grit.
This Australian photographer (by way of the UK) is capturing seascapes of the Noosa coastline under the alias @noosa.life.images like scenes from the best dream you ever had. Specializing in long exposure landscapes, Allsopp creates velvety waves that invite his followers sit by the shore daydreaming of their next beach getaway.
Steve a. Spiliotopoulos
Steve A. Spiliotopoulus is a Santa Cruz, CA based fine art photographer specializing in outdoor photography. His passion for black & white photography as well as his love for the ocean inspire his beachfront seascapes. His images focus on the play between negative space and the contrasting landscapes. His use of tonal range helps create pleasantly contrasting images that turn the ocean into a cloud-like dreamscape.
Nathan Wirth’s bio simply states “I try to photograph silence;” a simple goal for a complex emotion that he does in fact nail. The majority of his landscapes exude a stillness and serenity that’s the opposite of what you’d find on Instagram. Instead of creating high-tension imagery that’s “like” fodder on the service, Wirth focuses on the stillness of nature and the absence of man. When humans are in the frame, their smallness in comparison to nature reminds us that sometimes the best emotion is that of silence and introspection.
Christophe Wilhelm is a French black & white photographer based in San Jose, CA that has completely been smitten by the State Parks of the United States. His images use high contrast and faded processing to evoke a nostalgic sense that he’s not just taking a photo but capturing the essence of nature. His compositions rely heavily on contrast and detail and his photographs are heavily influenced by the work of Ansel Adams.
It’s no surprise that Julius Alexander would be one of the curators of an Instagram group called BNW_Drama; his landscapes are filled with dramatic tones that bring out an almost surreal vision of the Indonesian coasts. Julius’s use of drama very acutely knows where to draw the line between bold and kitschy.
The Helsinki based Vesa Pihanrumi is a fine art photographer with a more poetic and atmospheric approach to landscapes. His compositions opt for more muted tones and employ the use of lots of negative space. Though by his own admission he’s only recently started to make photographs in any serious capacity, he’s quickly moving up in the ranks among the Instagram crowd and is definitely a photographer to be on the look out for.
Rama Belantara is another Indonesian black & white photographerwjo is creating some absolutely stunning work using his homeland as his muse. Belantara creates moody and dark compositions of his native land that feel like a distant memory or dream you keep replaying in your mind. Belantara uses vast ecological diversity of Indonesia to highlight everything from the rainforest to the coast lines; it’s the next best thing to actually being there.