Instants

Added on by Sabrina Biffer.

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:

 foggy morning, Steel Bridge

foggy morning, Steel Bridge

 ran into a former student on the train

ran into a former student on the train

 sunrise, Beaverton

sunrise, Beaverton

 squirrel; 'dead things' series

squirrel; 'dead things' series

 pigeons, NE Portland

pigeons, NE Portland

 commute concert

commute concert

 tea and sunrise, Beaverton

tea and sunrise, Beaverton

  Pieris japonica

Pieris japonica

 looking up, waiting for the bus

looking up, waiting for the bus

 bus shelter view

bus shelter view

 Asian pears, Portland Farmers Market

Asian pears, Portland Farmers Market

 magnolia cone

magnolia cone