Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have just finished my second year as a student at Northeastern University. Currently I am a graphic design major, but my interest in art extends to painting, drawing, and photography as well. I come from a small town in Connecticut, so coming to Boston was a big change and a great opportunity to explore the city and practice my street photography. When I’m not out shooting or studying, I love to play basketball, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee, or go for runs out in the city. I absolutely love to travel and was lucky enough to study abroad in Greece my first semester of college. As a photographer, it was an amazing opportunity and I’ve certainly got the travel bug now.
When did you realize your passion for photography?
My first camera I ever owned was actually on my iPod Touch during my freshman year of high school. After “upgrading” to an iPhone 5, I purchased my first DSLR during the end of my junior year and from then I really got into taking photos. With my iPhone, my interest in photography was beginning to grow, but once I had a Canon I felt like I could explore this new form of art to its fullest potential.
What is your advice to aspiring photographers on Instagram?
I remember walking with Can Ahtam (@canahtam) one day in Boston when I had just started my new Instagram account and I asked him what my theme should be with my photos. I told him how everyone had a theme, such as the brownstones in Boston, portraits, or having all the photos match a specific color scheme. He immediately said that I shouldn’t be worrying about doing what all the other photographers are and should instead post what I want to. If people like my photos, they’re going to like my photos. He had a great point and since then I haven’t worried too much about what I’m posting. However, I still keep in mind my audience and have a good idea of what they will enjoy more than other photos.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I would encourage all photographers to get out into the city and meet other instagrammers! Can Ahtam hosts portrait meets occasionally on weekends and I have made great friends from these events. It can seem intimidating at first, but everyone is welcoming and friendly at these shoots. If you don’t want to do that, direct message people and ask them for advice on photography! Also, don’t feel like the accounts with 50K+ followers are people who will never answer you back. Reach out to as many people as you can and try to gain knowledge from all the great photographers on Instagram.
Instagram: @bianksy_ | Website: kylebianchi.com
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