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Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh

South Minneapolis-based Maltby, 29, describes his profession as "full time super hero space time traveler photographer magician." The poster he's holding here comes from a photo he took a few months ago, on "the famous walk bridge on I-35W South, just outside the city, near the MIA," he says.
South Minneapolis-based Maltby, 29, describes his profession as "full time super hero space time traveler photographer magician." The poster he's holding here comes from a photo he took a few months ago, on "the famous walk bridge on I-35W South, just outside the city, near the MIA," he says.
Dana Maltby | @thecityisbright
If the best camera is the one that's with you, as the saying goes, then the smart phone is quickly out-pacing even the flashiest Nikons. One of the biggest apps driving phone photography is Instagram, the free picture sharing service that allows users to "filter" their snaps, and layer on effects from vintage to over-exposed. In action, the app looks like Facebook's artsier, more intimate cousin, and the social media giant knows it--in April, Facebook offered $1 billion to buy two-year-old, 13-employee-large Instagram.

Curious about our neighbors' photography skills, we rounded up 22 Instagram shots that showcase the Twin Cities' striking architecture, beautiful sunsets, neighborhood haunts--and resident iPhone artists.


First up, local instagrammers take on architecture and skylines.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Andrew Prokop | @ajprokop
Prokop, 54, snapped this picture of the Guthrie July 14, when he and his wife went to see The Sunshine Boys. "I took the photo, along with several others that night, because I've become addicted to documenting my life with my iPhone," he wrote in an email. "Okay, addicted is a strong word, but it's not uncommon for me to take daily photographs of the places I go, the people I'm with, and the sights I see."
Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Tola Vann | @tolavann

Vann, 32, moved to the Twin Cities from Colorado a decade ago, and took this shot of the Walker Art Center Saturday when he was on his way to a friend. "The Walker is an awesome futuristic-looking structure," he says. "I wanted to capture it in a way that made it look old."

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Kristin Rush | @rushkristin

Rush, 22, is from Carson City, Nevada, but moved to the Cities to study at the U and wrapped up her degree in May. She's now an intern at Fallon Worldwide. When her parents were in town for graduation, she brought them to check out her office--on the 24th floor of the AT&T building, right across from Foshay Tower.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Steve Lunn | @bikingforbaseball

Lunn, 25, is biking around the country to every MLB stadium to support youth mentoring programs. His organization, Biking for Baseball, is based out of Denver, CO, and Twins Stadium was the group's 16th stop. "I took this picture as we were biking to downtown Minneapolis. You can't miss it," he says of the Weisman Art Museum. "The shiny metal and sharp blue sky caught my eye."

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Cecilia Florencia Garcia Gaul | @ceciflor

Argentine Garcia Gaul, 29, is staying in Minneapolis to study violin. When she was leaving a violin lesson Saturday afternoon, the Wells Fargo Center jumped out at her.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Diana Cherveny | @multichiefd

Cherveny, 20, took this shot of industrial-looking downtown St. Paul about two months ago, because, she says, "I wanted to show a side of St. Paul that I had not yet seen on Instagram. I was standing next to the Science Museum, and I turned and though, 'That's it!'"

On page two, favorite snaps from the Cities' great outdoors.

 

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Mark Venema | @mdvenema

Venema, 27, moved to Minneapolis from Montana about a year ago, and June 7 was his first trip to the Lake Harriet Bandshell. He works at a photo print lab in Eagan.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Lizabeth Kyser | @lizznerd

Kyser, 29, grew up in Chaska and has been a St. Paul resident for four years. In early June, she stumbled on these Nice Ride bikes in downtown St. Paul, at the site of the future Union Depot light-rail stop. "I had heard that the bikes were coming to our area," she says, "but I didn't know exactly where, so I was excited and took a picture when I saw these in place." Now, she and her husband use the bright-green bikes every week.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Chris Babcock | @reuse_needles

Babcock, 26, snapped the Stone Arch Bridge lit up at night in late April. He has 1,762 followers on Instagram, and explains that his handle, @reuse_needles, was the name Nikki Sixx used to check into hotels on tour.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Chris Babcock | @reuse_needles

Babcock's picture of a vivid sunset over Lake Harriet. "My girlfriend and I were on a walk and decided that the scene would make a good Instagram," he says. He's a manager at a local catering company, but an event photographer on the side.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
David Reinhart | @davidreinhart

Reinhart, 26, drives deliveries for St. Paul Pizza Luce, and was on a photo safari in February when he captured the St. Paul skyline.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Bryce Flory | @jedifunk

Flory focused in on the dock at Lake Harriet about a week ago, and says he snapped this shot "because having lakes inside the metro area is one of the Twin Cities' defining and most endearing features." Flory grew up in a camera-intensive house with a photography professor father. He takes 10 to 15 photos a day and posts 2 to 3 of them on Instagram, and loves the app: "It forces you to take different images compared to a regular DSLR."

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Ashley Auren | @ashxa3

Auren, 26, captured this classic view on June 24, when she and her boyfriend decided to bike around northeast Minneapolis.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Emily Harris | @mleharris

Minneapolis native Harris, 25, was sitting on the dock at Harriet Lake sharing popcorn with friends when this rainbow-sailed boat pulled up.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Lucas Johnson | @ilucasj

Johnson, 26, stopped to snap the U of M bridge during a bike ride over the Mississippi on May 14.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Lexie Christansen | @lexiechristiansen

Christansen, 20, goes to school in Denver, but grew up in Eden Prairie and is home for the summer. "I enjoy photography as a hobby," she says, "and I took this picture in late June off of the endless bridge at the Guthrie Theater."

On the next page, photos from well-loved spots around town.

 

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Silas Kindy | @silaskindy

Kindy took this photo outside local favorite Mickey's Diner in St. Paul.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Andrew Prokop | @ajprokop

Prokop, also the photographer behind the picture of the Guthrie, snapped this at the Minnesota State Fair.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Katie Froehle | @kayyyfrayyy

Froehle, 20, grew up in Eden Prairie, and was back in town and on her way to a Minnesota Lynx game when the iconic stars at First Avenue caught her eye.
Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Danica Harvey | @daniharve

Harvey, 22, goes to school in Arizona, but grew up in Minnetonka. Her family has since moved to Uptown, so while visiting in July, she took this picture "to commemorate my first day out and about in the new neighborhood," she says.

Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh
Greg Kellogg | @photosbygreg

Kellogg, 39, is a television photojournalist with Fox 9, and captured this shot of the farmers' market on Nicollet Mall on the Thursday it opened, June 28. "I took the picture to show the assignment I'm currently working on, and to show a bit of what Minneapolis has to  offer," he says.


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