In addition to working on photography projects, I work as an ESL instructor at a local nonprofit. It's a 90-minute (one-way) commute, I share a desk that doesn't lock, and sometimes I'm carrying materials (read: snacks) for my classes. Consequently, I'm rarely carrying my camera.
I tend to use my phone for photos during the workweek. I'm not interested in reviewing the arguments against phone photography here. It's disappointing to see Instagram shots as front page news, but that has little to do with the tool used to create the image.
I've been using Instagram to document my long commute, afternoon walks, and errands (and yes, my cats and the occasional photogenic meal). I enjoy creating this visual record for myself. It's also turned out to be an opportunity for informal networking with other photographers, which I appreciate because I find networking at conferences to be forced and overwhelming.
That said, here are some of my recent instant photos from around Portland: