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Tyler Curtis is the creator and editorial director of photography company Darkroom Demons, and a notable music and fashion photographer. Here's his favorite #Chicagogram Instagram pictures, chosen from among the curated photos in our January Gallery.
Instagram changed everything. People who never took photos suddenly found their eye, making what used to be mundane minutiae into something magnificent. Communities have formed around hashtags, artists and celebrities found themselves conversing with everyday folk around the world. As photographers, Instagram enables us to constantly be challenged and connected to each other, enabling inspiration at our fingertips every time we check in.
The greatest things about Instagram include the ability to tell a story, the malleability in which we tell the story with filters or post processing, and the social interaction that follows. The worst thing about Instagram? The fear of missing out. With so much happening in real time, we can get a little jealous of all the good times happening without us. Especially when our friends tag us wondering where we are.
For my selections, I was keen to find "IGers" that only use their smartphones with minimal post process to fit with the theme of the starkness of winter. Instagram has become a wondrous showcase for professional photographers and artists (like @Roachbytes, who I reluctantly left out) who do more than just take a photo. Some upload pictures from DSLRs and others work them over with incredible skill in photoshop or other third-party apps. Other factors included: Composition, mystery and impact. Its easy to take a photo of a familiar place, but to me, the gift lies in creating a dialogue that takes us out of ourselves and, ultimately, leaves us wanting more.