We talked with six of the city’s best Instagrammers—who have between 700 and 44,000 followers—about why they love the app and where they find inspiration.
@bigmanjapan, Adam Elkins, 27
My focus is mainly on light and composition, though a lot of what I post is urban exploration. I like shocking people with what I can shoot with an iPhone.
@brianmkaiser, Brian Kaiser, 34
I try to capture the overlooked places and moments—and to find beauty in places you wouldn’t expect.
@karasmarsh, Kara Smarsh, 25
My niche interest in tech and art played a role in my interest in the social-media aspect of Instagram. Artists are able to support one another in an easy way.
@iluvcolumbus, Lisa Ragland, 35
Someone told me, “You make Columbus look like an interesting place.” I think of myself as a true observer of this community.
@_mattsteele_, Matt Steele, 31
One of the common threads in my feed is posting things that would otherwise be ordinary, capturing things in a creative way.
@jaredsgibbons, Jared Gibbons, 24
My style has really evolved since I’ve been living and working Downtown. I call it urban minimalism: stripped down, clean lines, symmetrical.