Instagram aficionado Holly Garner (@igdc, @golightly) selects and shares alluring images of the region and, in the process, brings together a community of intrepid photographers.
When Holly Garner is not handling museum registrar work at the National Gallery of Art, she’s busy coalescing a community of Instagram lovers. As the founder of @igdc, an account with more than 43,000 followers, she oversees curating captivating images taken by other iPhone- and camera-wielding locals.
“I really got into the photography element of Instagram and began exploring its social side,” she explains. In 2011, during the Instagram global community event, Worldwide InstaMeet, she organized a local happy hour. Fifteen IG enthusiasts showed up. “People started asking me when the next one would be, and I realized it was up to me to bring people together,” she says.
Garner began organizing walking tours and inviting participants to post photos using the hashtag #igdc. The acronym caught on and the community grew. She began featuring photographers’ works between announcements of events and photo walks. “I never could have predicted that this little group of photographers would grow into the size it is and the influence it has today,” she marvels. “I’ve met so many amazing people and have made great friends.”
Want to get your work highlighted? Post a photo to your personal IG account with the hashtag #igdc. Garner or one of the other two community managers will review your image. If it meets their standards of excellence, it will be reposted by @igdc.
So, calling all sharp shooters: Your captures of monuments, cherry blossoms and colorful row houses may make you instafamous!