I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, with or without a boyfriend. I love the pervasive red and pink in shops. I love the additional flowers that seem to pop up more places. I love any excuse to have fresh flowers around.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, I went out this week and took my bicycle with me for a little photoshoot next to a mural I discovered recently. I thought it was extra cute with the Valentine balloons. 💙🚲❣️🎈❣️
A “friend” on Instagram congratulated me under one of my photos the other day for my Huffington Post feature. I had no idea what she was referring to, as I hadn’t been notified of any mentions from them. Indeed after a little googling, I did come across the article featuring 20 accounts worth following if you suffer from wanderlust. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a little ‘catch me if I can’ thing going… no one ever knows where I am; and, frankly, sometimes my own head is spinning from all the moving around. And yet, in spite of all the stress, fatigue, and exhaustion that can often accompany travel, I cannot live without it. And I even prefer my travel to happen with great frequency. For this reason, I feel very honored to be considered worth following for this particular topic. Pop on over to my account and join me as I travel across Europe.
Since I started with Falling Off Bicycles in 2012 – and subsequently created Facebook and Instagram accounts for the brand – my world has been so opened up to other creatives. Before I returned to France in 2013, I was virtually approached by two lovely ladies who had also moved to Paris, one for love and the other for few months of adventure. They had both found my Falling Off Bicycles Facebook page – which I’ve all but neglected since – before I pushed that aside for more time to devote to sharing on and perusing Instagram. Instagram that has opened so many doors, connected me with cool brands, interesting people, and photographers that inspire me. It is the only social media platform I’ve found with a legitimate community feel to it (despite the occasional cattiness), and I go to it multiple times a day for inspiration and a dose of cheer (I only follow cheery accounts, after all!). The photos I’m sharing today are from three walks I did with Instagrammers whom I have befriended and who I still enjoy walking the streets of Paris with (Amsterdam version to come).
The first photo is of me handing one of our red balloons to a young French-Turkish boy (truly one of the cutest children I have ever seen) and shot by Rebecca Plotnick. In case you missed it, click here for more Paris red balloon images.
The third image is one Nico Étienne took of me while we wandered Montmartre one afternoon in late April last year. His Leica camera produces incredible images… with the help of the gifted photographer holding it. 😉
Another reason I love Instagram so much, is that it continues to solidify how humans think in images. When people describe something to us, we create an image of the scene they set up in our minds, rather than thinking about the words themselves. Not only that, images have the power to tell a story in a flash as well as to touch us and convey emotion rapidly. They are instantaneous and yet live on for others to experience after the moment itself has passed. I love that Instagram enables me to share moments that struck me with beauty and meaning with people around the world.
Have you all been over to Storehouse yet to see the story about the Falling Off Bicycles Instagram takeover of Waterlogue? Hop over by clicking the link or either of the images. Be sure to let me know what you think!