After a few years of holding out, I finally relented and started posting non-iPhone work on my Instagram. I found I was often shooting things twice using both my DSLR and iPhone. Rather than continue this merely for some sort of Instagram purism, I started posting a wider swath of my work – film photography included – in September. This coupled with a heightened interest in my newly-repaired Rolleiflex meant I shot considerably fewer photos with my iPhone in 2018. One of my resolutions for 2019 is to shoot more day to day. This includes on my iPhone even though I’ve blasted through the “iPhone only” barrier on my Instagram. Below are a few of my favorite iPhone Instagrams from 2018. Thanks for looking. Please consider following me: @jamesbrosher.
I have been fascinated with the Old Crescent ever since I started working for Indiana University. It is the oldest part of campus and an area I tend to frequent often since it is near my office. In the past several years, the university administration has prioritized the reinvigoration of this corner of the IU Bloomington campus. For decades, the old limestone buildings housed primarily administrative offices. In recent years, however, these buildings have been gradually renovated and converted back into classroom buildings. The result is a more student-centric area of campus. This project is one that I tend to focus on more in winter and early spring when my daily work for the university slows. I try to shoot it using a historical aesthetic with an emphasis on the details and textures I find on my frequent jaunts through this beautiful part of campus.
I continued to use Instagram in 2017 to challenge myself visually. In recent years, the social network has evolved to become the new equivalent of photo blogs. Despite this, I continue to use it to solely post iPhone photos – and an occasional drone photo. I love Instagram’s emphasis on visual communication. Using the platform challenges me to think visually on a daily basis outside the realm of my normal 3×2 DSL work. It is also a great source of visual inspiration. To have the opportunity to follow the work of other incredible photographers from around the world is a great thrill. Below are a few of my favorite Instagrams from 2017. Thanks for looking. Please consider following me on Instagram: @jamesbrosher.
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.
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.