5 Instagrammers Worth Following: February 2nd Edition
It’s hard to get a perspective on winter from dusty sunny Los Angeles, and while I don’t miss wading through slush and scraping off ice to start my morning commute in the months from December to April, I certainly wouldn’t mind a muffled and cozy day of fresh falling snow either. Sometimes it’s better not to tempt yourself with what you can’t or don’t have, but I can’t help yearning for an brilliant white Alpine road and something rear-wheel drive whenever I see someone’s photo of such on Instagram. This week isn’t all about the winter weather we don’t have here at Petrolicious, but there’s some of that mixed in with the rest of the pretty pictures of classic cars. Which photo do you want to be a part of?
Fabrizio D’Aloisio works the communications arm of St. Moritz, and if you know anything about the place you know he has a pretty sweet gig. I’m sure it involves the unglamorous late-night side of any job in that field, but his gorgeous collection of Instagram proves there’s plenty of perks. At the very least, there’s some cool stuff to look at out the window while you daydream. The photos feature all manner of sports car, from snow-dusted vintage metal to the latest supercars basking in the sunny season, and Fabrizio has a great eye for capturing each moment in a candid way. Nothing looks staged, yet everything looks like it could be an advertisement.
I wasn’t able to find out DWBLT’s real name, so the random-to-me string of characters will have to stand in this time. Whoever he or she is, the photos in the account showcase a sort of miniature version of what Petrolicious is all about; there’s a healthy dose of imagery from California and locations within like Laguna Seca, plenty of Porsches (nestled among all kinds of variety that spans pre-war to cars that have yet to even become pre-owned), and some international travel. Throughout all of it though, the photos are compelling reasons to do everything from splitting ferns in a Land Rover to following slow-moving Ferraris through gravel lanes in England.
Riiko-Andre Nüüd’s profile warns that his Instagram portfolio will include a “mixture of still life and nature” among the automotive content, but thankfully it doesn’t seem to be the case. There’s nothing wrong with some landscape photography or creative images of boring objects like stairs, but you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t looking for cars right? Riiko-Andre’s work should sate that desire and then some. With crisp, clean imagery of in-action historic sports and racing cars mixed in with event reportage and full-fledged photoshoots, there’s a lot of different stuff to look at even though it’s all pretty much focused (ha) on cars. In other words, if you like our website, you’ll like this account.
Antoine Minard is one of so many “car spotters” on the image sharing app, but those people typically fall into two categories: either they hang around the fashionable parking spots in London and fill their pages with rainbows of Lamborghini Aventadors that are a dime-a-dozen, or else there’s an endless stream of in-profile cell phone photos of boring old cars that are simply that, boring old cars. We don’t define classics by their year of manufacture though, and thankfully Antoine’s page doesn’t either. Nor does it fall into either of the buckets mentioned above. It’s not the best photography on Instagram, but it captures that authentic and hard-to-replicate feeling of actually spotting something cool on the street, not waiting around for Sheikh Whathisface to park in front of a hotel.
Daniel Soares is the “fifth spot” Instagrammer this week, and though we typically put someone with an architectural or nature-based aesthetic in here, Daniel’s unique shots are every bit as compelling as a contemporary skyscraper or millennias-old mountain range. He doesn’t exclusively shoot neon-soaked bodegas and corner stores at night, but these were the photos that drew me in the most. There’s a dollop of decaying American cars in sun-bleached settings too, and among that and the neon and all the rest, it’s clear that this is a person who can take any old scene and turn it into something worth taking at least a second look at.
We’re always updating the official Petrolicious Instagram page, and it’s not just shots from our staff and contributors either, so if you’re looking for some additional accounts to pad out your feed, take a look through ours to see who we’ve been sharing recently.