I know, I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Sometimes, you just need a little break, ya know?
It’s not that we haven’t been on some amazing adventures. And if you follow me on Instagram (link in sidebar), than you know that we’ve been to Parlee Brook Amphitheatre and Fundy National Park this winter, both amazing experiences. But it’s spring now, and with it comes some nicer temperatures for getting outside and exploring with a camera.
If you are not familiar with the IGers brand of Instagram accounts, it’s a worldwide network designed to bring amateur photographers together. They organize regular InstaMeets, where you can get together with other members of your community, take some photos and hopefully make a few friends along the way. We’re very lucky to have our own IGers account here in the city of Saint John, as they are not often given out to cities with a population of less than 100, 000. But co-moderator Monique Gionet wrote to Instagramers.com with an essay on why we deserve our own account. I don’t know what she said in that essay, but she won them over.
Yesterday, as part of Worldwide Instagram Meet #15, me and a few other Saint John IGers (@igerssaintjohn) took to the streets of old north end Saint John to spread some love and make some art.
It was such a fun experience. Talking to people I’ve only known online and who are as passionate about photography and this city as I am was wonderful. And there was so much to explore in the north end. Places I didn’t even know existed, like Victoria Square and Nicolle Community Centre. And the people we met on the streets were so friendly! From people shouting hello to us from second story windows, to people on the streets who stopped to chat, there is a real sense of community here. And I think people were happy to see that their often forgotten neighbourhood was getting a little bit of attention.
This neighbourhood has many challenges, that’s for certain. There were so many more boarded up buildings than I imagined there would be. But there’s so much potential here, if people would just take a closer look.
Here’s my photo exploration of Saint John North, as part of #wwim15:
I want to thank Monique and Bryn for organizing such a wonderful event. I can’t wait for the next meet!
If you’d like to see more photos from our meet and you’re on Instagram, search for the hashtag #wwim15sj.