Instagram has a lot of pretty pictures floating around. And we mean a lot: about 16 billion have been captured on the photo sharing social network since March of this year.
With over 150 million active users worldwide, it can be difficult to sort through Instagram accounts worth following. And even though we may be entertained by the entries under hashtags like #Iwokeuplikethis,#igersSF, and #SanFrancisco, we get exhausted of sifting through photos of blurry selfies, sepia-toned filters applied on food, and typical black and whites of our municipal monuments.
So we did some of the work for you and picked out our 10 favorite San Francisco-based accounts.
With that in mind, we picked out 10 of our favorite San Francisco-based accounts. These users, listed in no particular order, bring fresh angles to the city we call home and depict neighborhoods, or their workplaces, in a way that is endearing and fascinating. These user profiles, at one point or another, made us think and exclaim: "That's so San Francisco." These smartphone photographers' use of filters and subjects make San Francisco more magical and ethereal than it already is to all of us.
Let us know if we left any other users that are worth following. Happy scrolling!
Maria Kochetkova is a Russian ballet dancer and is currently a principal dancer for the San Francisco ballet company. Kochetkova's Instagram account demonstrates that a prima ballerina's life is more than just tutus and pirouettes. Through her photographs we get to go behind the scenes of each ballet production and witness the discipline that goes into mastering the dance numbers. Plus her fashion sense is on point and uniquely San Franciscan.
Collen Cummins is one of the managers at the Clay Theater in the Fillmore and is also a multimedia journalist. She captures mostly images of commuters, a site all of us witness on a daily basis. But instead of them being topical, they evoke a sense of personality and humanity of the subjects that other snap shots gloss over or fail to get.
Jessica Zollman served as "community Evangelist" for Instagram when it was first founded and organized the Weekend Hashtag Projects for nearly two years. She is now a photographer for Tinker Mobile's Influencers, which represents 45 of the top mobile photographers and have them available for advertising campaigns by companies such as Ford and Verizon.
Lindsay Crowder explores others parts of the city that are often neglected by our iPhone and Android lens. She captures the hidden forests/parks of the city and gives life to often-gloomy, and fog enshrouded Sunset neighborhoods. Even though many of us avoid this residential part of town, her images make us want to spend time there now.
As a zookeeper for the San Francisco Zoo, Livia Edwords, has an awesome job full of plenty of juicy photo ops. She captures the exotic and cuddly species found in the zoo environment from an up close and personal angle that many of us wished we could get. Her access to the critters and creatures make us envious and we've even pondered buying a zoo.
Kevin Systrom and Mike Kriegar are the masterminds that engineered this addictive app that has a firm place in our social media universe like Facebook and Twitter. Both of these men reside in San Francisco and who better to follow so as to learn how to make iconic images on mobile devices?
Michael O'Neal is a creative director and the creator of Tinker Mobile. He moved from New York to San Francisco a few years ago and has made the proliferation of photographic mobile advertorials common place for major companies like Nike nowadays.
Hear us out on this one. The City is our playground and we get paid to explore this urban mecca for stories and images to entertain and enrapture you while visiting The Exhibitionist. These accounts display our findings from our travels and act as a living document and record of our ever evolving city. Each image is a window to the arts and entertainment culture in San Francisco and ultimately bring about an urge to continue unearthing more wonder, history, and intrigue.
It's name says it all: these images will present San Francisco in monochrome. This account does show the classics like the Transamerica Pyramid but also highlights local haunts like Chamber's "Be Amazing" sign.Many employ black and white to make their photographs "vintage" or "artsy." This account does more than that: they become iconic and ethereal through great composition and lighting.
This accounts lets you visit the airport without paying for a pricey flight or going through all the TSA security hassles. The San Francisco International Airport Museum was founded in 1980 and was the first museum of its kind to be housed in an airport. The SFO Museum is the only airport museum certified by the American Alliance of Museums, an organization that set the standards and best practices for cultural institutions of this nature. The museum serves more than 40 million people annually and with their Instagram account, you don't ever have to miss an exhibit.
Now let your imagination and camera take flight with this and the other 11 profiles featured as inspiration.