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Meet some of the diverse talent in our Google+ Create community.

Sonali Dalal

Sonali Dalal

Photographer
“My dream to paint never materialized, so I decided to paint with my camera.”
“My dream to paint never materialized, so I decided to paint with my camera.”

Sonali Dalal is an award-winning photographer who’s always on the lookout for abstract subjects and amazing street art. Growing up in a family interested in the arts, Sonali always had creative aspirations. She first wanted to paint, then decided to try photography — luckily for all of us!

On G+, Sonali runs several popular photography communities, including Street Photography in India, and has a penchant for nurturing Indian talent. She loves interacting and collaborating with creative people around the world!
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Azlin Bloor

Azlin Bloor

Culinary Instructor
“I grew up in a family as multicultural as the United Nations!”
“I grew up in a family as multicultural as the United Nations!”

In a taste of things to come, as a girl Azlin helped her granny run a food business. Today she’s passionate about all things food and family: a chef, culinary instructor, bestselling author, and food blogger who also homeschools her four kids.

Azlin’s vibrant heritage gives her rare insight into a wide range of cuisines and cultures, including Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and British. She takes tremendous pride and joy in sharing her experience with her culinary students, and helps run the Foodies+ Community with nearly 260,000 members!
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Nomad Dimitri

Nomad Dimitri

World Traveler
"I bring with me a little bit of each place that I have lived."
"I bring with me a little bit of each place that I have lived."

Globetrotter, former Stanford Fellow, foodie, cancer warrior. Born & raised in Greece and now a French native, Dimitri’s perspectives are enriched by the tapestry of cultures across Asia, Europe, and North America. His Foodies+ Community has both united more than 100,000 global gourmands and garnered over 1 million views.

Transforming a conventionally solitary experience into a shared journey, Dimitri’s Cancer Diary Collection has unearthed a powerful way to find healing through sharing, learning, and discovery.
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Maria Nasir

Maria Nasir

Food Alchemist
"As a kid I always imagined myself to be an alchemist or magician, mixing different ingredients to create some magic potions."
"As a kid I always imagined myself to be an alchemist or magician, mixing different ingredients to create some magic potions."

Anyone who has entered her ‘Curry Cabana’ would surely call Maria a magician of sorts. This culinary connoisseur makes it her mission to preserve cultural traditions by keeping local Pakistani dishes alive. The active food blogger’s Collections on Google+ showcase both original and family recipes—many of which she’s turned into delectable one-pot meals.

Calling Google+ her ‘global neighborhood’, her friendships extend beyond the digital realm. Maria has had the pleasure of breaking bread with a follower-turned-friend—who made the trek from Germany to her hometown of Lahore.
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Paolo Amoroso

Paolo Amoroso

Astronomy Educator
"The Moon still holds the same fascination for us as an alien world…"
"The Moon still holds the same fascination for us as an alien world…"

Captivated by the solar system since childhood, Paolo is a published author and self-professed space geek. His day job? He works for a space & astronomy education contractor at Italy’s prestigious Planetarium of Milan. His active Google+ followers fuel his passion for curating and showcasing the hidden gems of the universe. Taking his followers along on his own flight path, Paolo’s Collections serve as a launch pad into the cosmic greatness of the universe—complete with lunar explorations & live feeds from the International Space Station. Come along by following his stunning celestial Collections.
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Randy Taylor

Randy Taylor

Mountain Climber
"I happen to be a climber with a camera, not a photographer who goes climbing.”
"I happen to be a climber with a camera, not a photographer who goes climbing."

Living proof that going it alone & breaking the rules just might be the way to do it? Enter Randy Taylor. Achieving remarkable heights is just a part of his day. A veteran thrill-seeker who insists on climbing solo, he started as a boy scout armed with a compass and a paper map.

Randy boasts more than a handful of near-death experiences and well-earned bragging rights that include “coming out alive.” His awe-inspiring photographs capture handstands and jump shots on some of the world’s highest peaks. Relish the view from the top by following Randy’s many Collections.
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Ellie Kennard & Steven Kennard

Ellie Kennard & Steven Kennard

Writer / Woodturner
"If an artist isn't driven by passion for the creative process, he or she is not an artist, but a technician."
"If an artist isn't driven by passion for the creative process, he or she is not an artist, but a technician."

Photography. Writing. Woodturning. Music. Master practitioners of their craft, creative couple Ellie & Steven Kennard use Google+ as a platform to serve a greater purpose: inspiring young people to find creative outlets to cope with challenging times. When they’re not teaching or creating art in their barn-turned-studio, Ellie & Steven’s photos share a window into their native Nova Scotia — where wildlife, coastal sunsets, and rural landscapes make stunning appearances.
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Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Coder & Movie Buff
"I'll even put [coding] before math. It's the foundation for problem solving and critical thinking. It's the building block for creativity."
"I'll even put [coding] before math. It's the foundation for problem solving and critical thinking. It's the building block for creativity."

At the tender age of 5, Michael got his first computer. Little did he know that this gift would change the course of his life forever. Fast-forward to present day. Michael’s busy kickstarting the next generation of innovative thinkers by teaching kids how to code—all while being a full-time student at George Mason University.

Also a film buff, his Collections feature musings and emoji ratings of the latest flicks. Movies that top his list? The Matrix, and sci-fi in general, for stoking imaginations on how the future might unfold.
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Jitte Groothuis

Jitte Groothuis

Entomologist
"What draws me to insects is that they look so profoundly alien, yet we share this world and…they are not so different from us at all."
"What draws me to insects is that they look so profoundly alien, yet we share this world and…they are not so different from us at all."

Zooming in on flies, spiders, wasps and ants, Jitte’s Collections are a window into the secret lives of these ‘alien’ creatures. His childhood fascination with insects eventually led him to the study of his passion at the University of Wageningen.

When he’s not in the lab, Jitte is busy snapping photos of insects in their natural environments, often camping out hours at a stretch to get just the right shot. Proud moment: one of Jitte's aphid photographs became a blueprint for his colleague's tattoo. It's just one example of how his passion transforms phobia into fascination.
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Larry Fournillier

Larry Fournillier

Caribbean Chef
"When I cook, I relax. I enjoy experimenting, looking in the fridge, and finding something to create."
"When I cook, I relax. I enjoy experimenting, looking in the fridge, and finding something to create."

Armed with a grill & an infectious smile, Larry brings the warmth of the Caribbean islands and its mouth-watering flavors to the homes of viewers all over the world. Along with starring in his online cooking show, this trained computer scientist boasts over a million followers on Google+.

And his fans aren’t limited to the food-obsessed either. The jovial chef brings food and music together with his Collection The Genius of Hendrix. When he’s not jamming or cooking, Larry is the co-founder of Cooking for Causes, with proceeds benefiting nonprofits in Arkansas.
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