Believe it or not, there’s a group that exists pretty much to stare at smartphones together. Pronounced I-G-ers Indy, this loosely organized crew of Instagrammers boasts 11,000 followers on its collective account (@igersindy) and attracts new members through “Instameets,” monthly IRL walkabouts for the purpose of documenting landmarks, pretty spaces, and, increasingly, spots the public doesn’t get to see much.
Three years and 32 sessions in, the group has upped its profile, scoring its first art exhibit and invitations to restricted spaces, like The Children’s Museum’s archives. They have roamed an empty Union Station and framed artsy shots of barbed wire at Traders Point Creamery, experimenting with various apps (Snapseed for editing, VSCO for filters, TouchRetouch for precision adjustments). Members also convene around IG’s hashtags, like #thatgarageview, which revealed, among other panoramas, a majestic vista from Bankers Life Fieldhouse’s parking facility. #whoknew?
Hashtags also helped the group solicit entries for last fall’s exhibit. Want a shot at the next one—and a peek inside off-limits areas? Insta-meets are open to all. Clear memory on your phone and watch the IGers account for details on this month’s #circlecitysesh33.
UPDATE: #circlecitysesh33 is planned for Saturday, January 23, at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park. Follow along starting at 10 a.m.
Hi friends! Hope you are enjoying the thick of the Indiana winter. To fully embrace it, we're going to host an instameet (#circlecitysesh33) next Saturday, January 23, at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park. Meet us at 10 am at the big tree at the bottom of the sled hill. If we get snow, bring your sleds! IMPORTANT: the park charges an entry fee of $5 per car (or get in with your Indiana state parks pass). Best advice is to carpool in. Feel free to make arrangements in the comments below. Hope to see you there! // words and photo: @redblueox