Before I moved from my last PR agency in 2015, a specialist recruitment consultant in the digital industry advised I go beyond strategy and implementation, and create. Not one to turn down a challenge, I started learning photography and publishing Instagram photos.
Instagram is a place for self-expression and must be one of the few social media sites where there is still a profound community and sense of belonging. Instagram has become a staple part of my life and has accidentally catalogued some of the most exciting moments of 2016.
Whilst in no way a Steve McCurry or Anne Geddes, I’m pleased by some of the Instagram photos captured this year and will continue the hobby throughout 2017.
Top 10 Instagram posts of 2016
One of my favourite photos of the year that was captured by complete chance. The sound of the explosion prompted me to turn around and snap a few photos.
In an annual kind gesture by Lansons, we visited HighTide Festival earlier this year. In-between the talks, theatre, and comedy, I managed to snap this peaceful moment on the beach.
If you’re in Sicily then Catania is worth a visit for half the day, if only just to witness the only city in the world built of lava stone from Mount Etna’s historic eruptions. Whatever you do though, don’t drive.
And of course, Mount Etna herself. This photo was taken on the back terrace of our rented holiday apartment.
To think, five months after this photo was taken one of the trams on this network crashed and caused a number of fatalities. A little haunting in hindsight.
Just look at the detail!
Strange, at this very moment Rufus is lying in almost exactly the same place as when I took this photo.
As part of the Somerset carnival season, dozens of floats brimming with light bulbs, dry ice, and pumping music make their way through the tiny city.
I’ve got a ‘thing’ for black and white photography, although according to artificial intelligence this could be a sign of depression. Either way, this statue in my grandparent’s garden takes on a life of its own when dark.
And we’re ending with a giraffe pic.
Have something you’re proud of?
Then I would love to see your best Instagram photos of 2016, plus I’ll give you a follow if I’m not already.