With just how much Instagram has taken over culture, it's hard to remember it's a phenomenon unique to the past decade. Long gone are the days where creative image-making was left to the art kids and anyone who pursues it as a profession—now, taking a good photo is anyone's game. Thus, when thinking of photography on this social media platform, high-tech iPhone cameras and VSCO premium accounts probably come to mind, creating a bit of a cultural crisis over what makes a photo truly unique. In an era with an endless stream of content at our disposal, how can you cultivate a feed with the kind of artistic spark that leaves you feeling inspired instead of drained?
Lucky for you, plenty of professional photographers are sharing their creative projects on Instagram, and it's a move that's beneficial to all parties involved—as with the artists we recently highlighted, these creatives can skip traditional formats to bring their work directly to a dedicated audience, and followers have the opportunity to enjoy their photos simply by opening their go-to app. Below, see six of our favorites, all of which are sure to up your aesthetic experience.