Best Coast by Cim Ek in Gothenburg

We love the way Cim captures the shadows, skylines and skies of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her play on light beams and the photos’ grainy texture only adds to the dreamy appeal. Check her out at @cimek.

Name:Cim Ek

Place you live: Gothenburg, Sweden

Place your Instagrams were taken? Around Gothenburg: areas like Linné, Vasa, Kungshöjd, Majorna, Lindholmen and Delsjön.

Can you sum up Gothenburg? Gothenburg is the second biggest city in Sweden. It’s located on the west coast (the best coast). Gothenburg is not too big and not too small. It has all you need.

What is a perfect day in Gothenburg? A sunny summer day spent on the cliffs by the ocean having a barbecue with good company and watching the sunset.

If Gothenburg was a person or character who would it be and why? Hard question! I don’t know. But compared to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, Gothenburg is more relaxed, laid-back and friendlier.

How long have you been using Instagram? For three years now.

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? So far, only iPhone.

What is your editing process? I always edit before posting on Instagram. Usually I start in Snapseed and then VSCOcam. Sometimes I use Skrwt to straighten lines.

Do you create images outside of Instagram? Yes, I have my own company as a photographer and shoot everything from kids and portraits to weddings and fashion.

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? Absolutely! It opened my eyes to many new things. Especially when it comes to shooting things other than people. I now find myself really enjoying shooting architecture, streets and landscapes as well.

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? Shoot what you like! Find and trust your inner voice.

Want more Instagram tips and inspiration? Check out all of our Best of Instagram features here and learn from the masters.



Name:Cim Ek


Best place to eat:


Best place to drink:

Bar Doppio or Café Marmelad for coffee. Publik or Kino for beer.

Best outdoor activity:

Walking and picnicking in Slottskogen or Delsjön.

Must do:

Take a boat to one of the islands!

Local tip:

Visit Röda Sten where you can enjoy the beautiful Älvsborgs Bridge and hang out by the water. It’s the perfect place to see the sunset! The area has a lot of events happening all around the year; everything from live music, art exhibitions and public graffiti walls.