Aloha, Bahooka, and thanks for all the fish! Off-Ramp for February 23, 2013

PHOTOS: Instagram contest winner banks life's memories in his feed

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

Jombart's winning photo in our contest with Instagram Lovers Anonymous. The older couple is dancing the tango in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

A boy plays soccer in the street in Brazil.

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

A shot from Aragonese Castle in Ischia, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, Italy. Jombart got married here.

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

Jombart says this is one of his favorite street photography shots from Lisbon, Portugal,

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

A photo from Jombart's time living in Norway where he met his wife.

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

A woman walks down the beach in Brazil.

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

A photo from Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in northeastern Brazil.

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

People ride public transportation in Brazil.

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

An architectural shot of the Edifício Copan in São Paulo, Brazil.

Instagram Contest Winner - Dance

Xavier Jombart

A photograph from the beach in Jombart's hometown of Le Touquet on the northern coast of France.


Xavier Jombart life has taken him from the wide open beaches of his hometown in northeastern France to the sun-drenched coast of Brazil. When he first installed Instagram, he viewed the mobile app as a place to showcase the places and memories of his life. He shied away from the spontaneity of mobile photography.

The result is a collection of images from the fjords of Norway to the castles of Italy from the revelry of Carnivale to the peaceful ridges of sand dunes in a Brazilian park. He posts to Instagram under the name @jombardoo.

Jombart is the winner of KPCC's most recent Instagram contest collaboration with Instagram Lover's Anonymous. The theme for that contest was "Shall We Dance?"

Jombart captured the winning image during a brief trip to Buenos Aires where he was drawn to the tango of two older street performers in the city's San Telmo district. To Jombart, the couple appeared to be deeply in love, though he's not sure if they were.

"I just fell in love with this dance, this tango dance," Jombart said. "I find it very beautiful and full of emotions. When I saw this couple dancing, I just felt it was so passionate."

Five years ago, Jombart moved to Brazil with his wife, whom he met more than a decade ago while studying in Sweden and later married in Italy. He has a degree in engineering but now works on the corporate side of a large French bank.

To participate in our Instagram contests, follow @IGLA and @KPCC on Instagram. Look for updates there on how to play.


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