Best of Columbus 2014: Instagrammers

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From the July 2014 edition

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.