After almost a year of envying half my feed's #communityfirst and #instameet photos, I finally attended one hosted by IGDC. The meetup was part of Instagram's Make Your Map project to celebrate Black History Month, so we walked around different parts of the city that featured significant historical moments or artistic contributions from the city's African-American community.
We started on U Street, which has some of the most creative street art in DC. It was so rewarding to stop and take in some of the murals I would normally just walk past on my way to get ramen and drinks.
I attended one other (much smaller) Instameet last summer, but this was a completely different experience. Despite the rain, so many people turned up to wander the streets, learn about black history in DC, and take photos of pretty much everything they could point a camera at.
We learned to recognize the pencils in Anieken's murals pretty quickly. The photorealism and bright colors in his art was breathtaking! The city was grey and rainy all day, but his murals were so vibrant they just illuminated everything surrounding them.
One of my favorite things about the Instameet was how everyone committed to modeling for each other. People were so uninhibited in front of the camera!
I really loved getting to see DC from a new perspective. I've lived here so long that I always forget that there are more things to do and explore than District Donuts and the museums. There's so much art all around me that I've just passed right by! Between the Make Your Map meet and Valparaiso, street art is definitely on my radar now.
- Ben's Chili Bowl/U Street
- Bohemian Cavern
- Blagden Alley
- Howard Theater
- African-American Civil War Memorial
- Marvin Gaye Memorial Mural
Have any of you attended an Instameet or photowalk? What surprised you about it? Would you want to do it again? Let me know in the comments!