“It’s one of the largest Instagram communities for a single city in the country. We’re right up there with Manhattan, San Diego, and Boston.”
Every city in the country had an Instagram community highlighting their city through photography, except Birmingham. I was already working as a social media manager for various companies and I thought, “Who better to launch it than me?”
2. What are some ways you hope to connect Birmingham citizens through social media?
We just want to make people aware of what’s going on in the city. Back to the inspiration question, I found a lot of people who had a lot negative things to say about this city. I would ask them about things they’ve done or places they’ve been too. Some of those people with negative things to say had never even visited Vulcan. Instagram is a good way to present that experience to them beforehand and then let them go see it for themselves. Hopefully they find there’s a lot more to offer in this place than they realize.
3. What does the future look like for InstagramBham?
Our community is unique in that not only is it photography, but it’s become much more than that. It’s a community outreach, a call to action to help the homeless, adopting pets at the human society, and things like that. We’re constantly evolving with suggestions people give me. All the other communities strictly focus on photos of the city. Ours has grown into much more.
4. What drew you to photography in general?
When I was a kid I was always interested in photography, but I grew up very poor. We had a Polaroid camera, but we could never afford film. When we did have film it was the greatest thing ever and you better believe no one wanted me running around taking pictures of random things with the expensive film.
Cell phone cameras have continued to evolve and I was intrigued to get back into photography through my phone. The fact that it was instant and I could connect with someone across the world was pretty magical. Honestly Instagram has brought back a love for photography for me. That turned in to me using real cameras more often and finding ways to quickly get it in my phone to share with the world.
5. How can people in creative fields leverage tools like Instagram to promote their works?
I’m always open to help promote local events, artists, and what not. There are other communities in every city now that would be willing to do the same.
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