I was so happy to see such a large group waiting in the cold at 1 PM in Union Square. There were some familiar faces in the crowd, but I was meeting many people for the first time. I ran up to the top of a nearby building to get an aerial view of the group.
There is something really incredible about being with so many like minded people in one place. We all share a passion for photography of course, but there is so much more connecting us. Instameets are filled with intelligent, explorative individuals who have a knack for creativity and a desire to learn and grow.
A woman in the park who had quite a few feathered friends was nice enough to pose for everyone and was happy to share tips about pigeons. It was rather interesting, and birds landed on peoples heads and flew in wide circles around the group.
Instagram is about the people. Here are a few portraits from the day.
We walked the winding route through Astor Place and the East Village to get to the after party. There were so many of us that we couldn't even get across the street in just one light cycle.
After a long day of shooting in incredibly cold conditions, we were all ready for a drink. Fortunately ABC Beer Company in Alphabet City was expecting us for a special happy hour we set up. We sat around their cozy, long, wooden table and decompressed- discussing the days events and reviewing and editing our pictures.
Celebrations, libations, and photographic creations. Thanks so much to all who made this possible- ABC Beer Company, and my co-planners @jnsilva, @sittingingodspalm, and @kevin_ornelas.
We will be doing this more and more this year. The chance to meet and interact in real life adds an entirely new layer to the social experience of Instagram. This is a great way to learn, to teach, and to cross-pollinate with other creative members of the community.