By Juan de Anda
Instagramming every moment has become a way of life for many San Franciscans, and we're not alone. With more than 150 million active users worldwide, there have already been 16 billion photos and videos shared through the social media platform. Although the scale may be impressive, we do lament that not all that content out there is exactly appealing. Between the blurry selfies, sepia filters applied to food, and typical black-and-whites of monuments, it can be hard to find images that live up to the photo-sharing program's promise. But here are some of the best San Francisco-based Instagram accounts that bring fresh angles to the city we call home.
@MikeyK & @Kevin
Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are the San Francisco masterminds who engineered this addictive app. They created and set the standard for "artsy" photos with square crops and filters, and continue to post nicely composed vignettes about their lives in the Bay Area.
Chewbacca has landed in the City by the Bay from a galaxy far, far away, and now he's a local just like the rest of us. He attends San Francisco music festivals, goes to farmers markets, and hangs out at Molotov's. The S.F. force is strong with this one.
This is the personal account of Oscar Nilsson, the curator of the loving tribute account for San Francisco called @NoWrongWaySF. Although No Wrong Way SF is gorgeous, Nilsson's personal account shows a kindred love for a city that embraces all. Originally from Sweden, he relocated to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art. We witness Nilsson become a San Franciscan through the chronicling of his adventures in the city.
Maria Kochetkova is a Russian balletina and a principal dancer for the San Francisco Ballet company. Kochetkova's account demonstrates that a prima ballerina's life is more than just tutus and pirouettes. Through her behind-the-scenes posts we are a captive audience, seeing the production that is her dancing life.
Julie Gebhardt proves that beauty is in the details. Instead of focusing on vague and distant buildings, Gebhardt zooms in on mostly doors, locks, and windows to highlight the vibrant diversity in San Francisco neighborhood architecture. These close-ups offer another way of experiencing our foggy city.