Noomi Nikola


Spotlight: Romania

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in California to every corner of the globe. In this series we highlight Instagrammers from countries and cities with thriving communities.

"Every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horse-shoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool." — Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

With the Carpathian mountains arcing across its center and the river Danube running along its southern region, Romania is a country of vast and hilly peaks and luscious wetlands.

A history steeped in peasantry and folklore, Romania’s rural and remote landscape served as the fictional home of Bram Stoker’s famous vampire, Count Dracula. With numerous hilltop castles such as Bran Castle, as well as the fairytale turrets of King Carol I’s Peleş Castle in Transylvania, it comes as little surprise that Romania has ignited the imagination of so many.

The bustling cities of Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca provide a vibrancy to contrast the rural landscape, and this Romania can be experienced through the lenses of just a few of the many Instagrammers that live there:

  • Lorant Pandea, Transylvania photographer – @lorantpandea
  • Oana Befort, graphic designer and illustrator in Bucharest – @oanabefort
  • Lavinia Cernău, photographer in Cluj-Napoca – @lavinia_cernau
  • Liviu Ratiu, photographer in Cluj-Napoca – @liviuratiu
  • Raluca Tămaș, journalist in Bucharest – @raltamas

For a closer look at Romania, explore the country through some of its most popular and picturesque destinations:


Frohlich, An Art Book and Print Set Filled with Beautiful Paintings, Drawings, and Sketches by Brandi Milne

"We are the gods of the atoms that make up ourselves but we are also the atoms of the gods that make up the universe. "
- Manly Palmer Hall


"We are the gods of the atoms that make up ourselves but we are also the atoms of the gods that make up the universe. "

- Manly Palmer Hall

(via illumination-liberation)


D R E A M by photographer Mikko Lagerstedt.

“Like a magpie, I am a scavenger of shiny things: fairy tales, dead languages, weird folk beliefs, fascinating religions, and more.”

—   Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times  (via thetinyivy)

(Source: moriartysdance, via ophyliamichion)

(Source: caitiereza, via ophyliamichion)


The Magnolia Pearl - Robin Brown and John Grey

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Steampunk Tendencies Official Group

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The Carmelite Monastery of San Ángel

Mexico City, Mexico

I’m currently working on a full piece for Atlas Obscura on theses guys but I couldn’t wait to share the photos. These are naturally occurring mummies on display in the crypt beneath the monastery in San Ángel. The corpses are former parishioners of the neighboring church buried between 1600 and 1800. They were found by accident when troops ransacked the monastery during the Mexican Revolution in 1917.

More to come soon…

All photos by me.

(via alicedollhouse)


UFO typologies, 1967


UFO typologies, 1967

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