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Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 Year in Instagrams

This year I went back and forth on whether I should continue to post only iPhone photos to Instagram. Now that the platform supports vertical and horizontal, non-square images I’ve seen a lot of DSLR images proliferate on Instagram. Ultimately, I decided to stick with the iPhone because it represents an interesting creative challenge to try to create with a cell phone camera. Nothing against the photographers who post DSLR images on Instagram, but personally I didn’t want it to become a place to merely post all my daily work. I have and continue to use Instagram as a creative challenge – in a good way. It forces me to visualize differently. One of my goals for 2017 is to post more often to Instagram than I did in the second half of 2016. This includes using the new(ish) Instagram Stories feature. Below are a few of my favorite Instagrams from 2016. Thanks for looking. Please consider following me on Instagram: @jamesbrosher.

Banners before the #iubb game against NebraskaBeautiful morning for a walk across the @iubloomington campus. It's starting to feel like spring.First #iubb game this seasonCombination of snow and fog this morning at @iubloomington.Monroe County Courthouse dome seen on beautiful winter morning from Poplars Parking Garage.A swimmer waits for her event at the #NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.Evening light casts a shadow of tree branches on an Indiana University seal carved into the side of the Rose Well House.#NCAA Division II Swimming Championships.IU Student Building reflected in an #iubb ad across the street. Interstate 65Dad leaning on his “evil, wicked, mean and nasty” 1957 Chevy Bel Air.Aboard the Great American EscalatorCommencement underway at @iubloomington.The struggle is so real. Dinner and the viewFord Model A.Get lowMarion, Indiana.1957 Chevy.Earl is ready to move.Babs of the LakeFisherman out early on Lake OuachitaIU Block Party.Traditions and Spirit of IU.Lumber aisle.Beautiful morningSunset on Kirkwood.Fall foliage outside of @iumediaschool and Student Building at @iubloomington.A shaft of light illuminates an angel on the Christmas tree under the West Baden Springs Hotel dome.Walking in a winter wonderland

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Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Year in Instagrams

I’m very thankful for Instagram. It’s a great platform for photographers to exercise and expand personal vision while discovering new photographers. (Seriously, this isn’t an ad for Instagram.) For me, it’s a great daily challenge in visual thinking. It forces me to see the light in everyday situations, which helps to keep me visually stimulated. Almost all of my photos from this year were #nofilter squares. The only filter I used was Inkwell to create contrasty, black and white images. I’m still a big fan of the traditional square because it’s an interesting aspect to work with coming from someone who shoots a lot of 3:2 rectangles on a DSLR for a living. Below are a few of my favorite Instagrams from 2015. Thanks for looking. Please consider following me on Instagram: @jamesbrosher.

Craziest house party I've been to in yearsWishing my wonderful and beautiful fiancée Barbara a very happy birthday todayLone leafIU banners.Typical Earl.IU logos carved into limestone are seen at the main entrance of the Student Building. The architectural firm Vonnegut and Bohn from Indianapolis designed the building. Firm co-founder Bernard Vonnegut is the grandfather of writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The building was built in 1905.Rainy day on the @iubloomington campus.It's a rainy day on the @iubloomington campus (but at least it isn't snowing).Post-brew cleanup.Broadway in NashvilleEarl.Little 500Old Glory still flys on this old church on Bethel Lane north of Bloomington.Packing up my camera gear for a trip to Kokomo and South Bend tomorrow, I look over and see these two jokers on my bags.You don't know JackImportant wedding business: tasting the Hoppily Ever After IPA homebrew.Boats on the Ohio River in Cincinnati.Herman B Wells raindrops.Great show at The Bluebird tonight by Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench PressIU Jeff Gordan's last Brickyard 400.Dunkirk, IndianaFirst day of fall semester classes at IU Bloomington.Morning hike in Capri, Italy with peninsula near Sorrento visible across the Gulf of NaplesSunset behind the Arch of Constantine in Rome.Babs at the VaticanFall foliage is increasingly visible on the IU Bloomington campus including next to Franklin Hall, future home of the IU Media School.Sunday.Evening light at the IU SGIS.St. Louis

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Indiana University’s Old Crescent

For the past year, I have been working from time to time on an Instagram project capturing details and scenes from Indiana University’s Old Crescent. The Old Crescent is the historical core of IU Bloomington and home to several of the most iconic scenes on campus. Despite this, it has in recent decades become home to mostly administrative offices as many of the students take classes elsewhere on campus. IU President Michael McRobbie stressed the importance of the Old Crescent in his 2010 State of the University Address:

Whether we intend it or not, our buildings reflect our values. The Old Crescent should be among the main academic centers on campus and a vibrant hub of student and academic life and activity, day and night.

Since his address, IU has restored some vigor to the area of campus through a series of renovations allowing classrooms and departments to move back into the historic buildings. As an alumnus and a fan of the university’s incredible limestone structures, it’s fascinating to watch the revitalization of the Old Crescent. I rarely frequented the area as a student so I’ve made an effort over the past year to take Instagram walks through the Old Crescent whenever I have an opportunity.

IU logos carved into limestone are seen at the main entrance of the Student Building. The architectural firm Vonnegut & Bohn from Indianapolis designed the building. Firm co-founder Bernard Vonnegut is the grandfather of writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The building was built in 1905.Evening light on the @iubloomington Sample Gates earlier this evening. It was a very quiet day on Kirkwood and campus because of spring break.Student Building on the @iubloomington campus.Maxwell HallKirkwood HallFranklin Hall, future home of @iumediaschool. Above the door it reads: Franklin HallKirkwood HallSunset illuminates the @iubloomington Student Building as seen through the Sample Gates.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sorrento, Italy

My wife and I are honeymooning in Europe and spent the first few days of our trip in Sorrento, Italy. The city is a popular tourist destination south of Naples along the western coast. Besides the hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars, Sorrento offers stunning views of the Gulf of Naples backdropped by nearby Mount Vesuvius.

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Year in Instagrams

I’m a fan of Instagram. I try to use it as an exercise in daily visual thinking. I believe a person’s personal vision is not unlike an athlete’s muscle: it needs to be exercised in order to stay in shape. Instagram allows photographers to do this on a daily basis whether it’s by photographing serious stuff or cats. Trying to express myself visually in daily situations is a healthy challenge. This has become even more important to me after I left my newspaper staff job in July. Instagram helped to keep me visually stimulated in the lull between shoots as I adapted to the freelancer life. Below are a few of my favorite Instagrams from 2014. Thanks for looking. Please consider following me on Instagram: @jamesbrosher.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Ducktail Run

I spent the weekend in Gas City, Indiana with my parents and my fiancé at the 20th annual Ducktail Run Rod & Custom Show. The event is one of two in Grant County marking the anniversary of James Dean’s death in 1955. (Dean grew up in nearby Fairmount, Indiana). I’ve been coming to this show since I was a child. It’s a bit of a trip down memory lane to be able to come back as an adult and make a few pictures along the way. I was amazed at how much the show has grown in the last decade. On Saturday, the pedestrian-filled roads in the park deterred the participants from cruising in their classic cars. (I experienced this first hand: I drove my dad’s 1957 Chevy home on Saturday night and struggled to keep from hitting multiple pedestrians coming out of the park.) It’s still a great event – and a lot of fun to photograph – but the lack of cruising really takes something away from the show.

Ducktail Run Rod & Custom Show

Ducktail Run Rod & Custom Show

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