Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a 25 year old creative from the Southcoast of MA. I work as a freelance photographer and also create all the social media content for Saucony Originals.
When did you realize your passion for photography?
When I was a junior in high school I took a TV production/journalism class with Lee Shionis. I originally wanted to get into making documentary shorts, specifically with DSLR cameras. I was able to get my hands on one after a few years and making videos was so frustrating because I could not create what I was seeing in my head. I started dabbling with shooting stills with my nikon, a Canon AE-1 program 35mm and my iPhone. I really was enamored with what I could make with these tools and a little editing afterwords. I was constantly on the move when I was in high school and these lenses would help me translate and interpret what I was seeing.
How has becoming an Instagram influencer impacted your life or career?
I’ve been fortunate enough to see Instagram go through so many different stages. I signed up extremely early on and have nothing but appreciation for what a free mobile application has helped me accomplish in a short time. When I was taking photographs in high school the only place on the internet to really put photographs was Flickr. I didn’t have a Tumblr so I don’t mention it for that period of my life and Facebook has never been a good channel for photographers. Once I saw Instagram starting to develop, back when hashtags were first implemented on the app, I started attempting to take advantage of that and would reach out to different creatives on the application I would find through these tags. That helped me connect with some really amazing people in real life. I’ve been lucky in meeting some amazing, like minded individuals that I now consider life long friends.
I also credit Instagram for getting me out to see the world around me more often. It’s always been exciting to have images that make you feel proud to share with your following. It’s about connecting with others, viewing work that makes you feel something and creating. Honestly I could go on for days about the appreciation I have for Instagram and the users who inspire me to create more everyday.
What is your advice to aspiring photographers on Instagram?
Focus. As of now it’s become harder to become recognized on the platform as someone who is genuinely into photography or any visual creativity because it is such a “cool” thing to be a part of. Use it to show what interests you, don’t marginalize and feel the need to create something that isn’t you, have fun with it.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for your time if you’re reading this and made it this far.
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Instagram: @john_carle | Website: john-carle.com
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