We’re fortunate in metro Phoenix to have several art venues with robust offerings in fine art photography – including Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale and Art Intersection in Gilbert.
And First Friday regulars know they can typically get their photo fix at Drive-Thru Gallery and Bokeh Gallery in Roosevelt Row, or at ASU’s Northlight Gallery inside Grant Street Studios in the Phoenix warehouse district.
But sometimes you need a steady stream of eye candy, which is just what you’ll get when you follow these 10 photographers on Instagram.
William LeGoullon’s (@williamlegoullon) feed features haunting desert images that prompt reflection on the ways human activity impacts the environment. Look for photographs from his latest body of work, which includes photographs of discarded desert objects used by recreational shooters for target practice.
Cheyenne Rouse (@cheyennephoto) shares iconic images of the Southwest – including landscapes, buildings, trucks, and wildlife. Many of her photographs, which are often hand-colored, bring new life to old objects and relics of Arizona’s past.
David Emitt Adams’ (@davidemittadams) gallery features primarily pictures of his own body of work, which includes photographs imprinted onto discarded objects including the lids of old, rusty tin cans. Followers see his works alone and as part of various exhibitions.
Andrew Pielage (@apielage) posts photographs showing the majesty of Southwestern deserts, where line and color collide on nature’s palette. But Pielage, who operates Drive-Thru Gallery and takes photographs for New Times, also features plenty of architecture shots, especially for Frank Lloyd Wright designs.
Caroline Hudson-Naef's (@chudsonnarf) feed includes not only fine art photography, but also snapshots of her everyday adventures imbued with humor and a personal perspective that's just slightly askew.
Mike Olbinski (@mikeolbinski) spotlights the power of Arizona storms in all their glorious iterations, from dust to lightning. But it’s also peppered with wedding shots, and an occasional family picture it’s hard for even the best photographers to keep from sharing now and then.
James Stamsek’s (@jamesstamsekphotography) feed features not only plenty of desert landscapes, but also pictures of athletes, architecture, and things living in the wild – such as bees, wolves, and owls. Also look for photos that elevate the aesthetic appeal of watches and other ordinary objects.
Gerry Groeber’s (@gerry.groeber) account is filled with desert landscapes shot at dawn and dusk. Several of his images capture water features, horses, and trees. But also look for quirkier fare such as images of smoke and oddball hats, or even some of the music venues he’s popped into during everyday travels.
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Scott Baxter (@sbaxterphoto) captures the spirit of the West, highlighting its land, population, and animals with primarily black and white images. But Baxter also shares photos from travels to other places far beyond the American Southwest.
Niba DelCastillo (@niba13) captures street art, including murals and graffiti. Often he’ll photograph works in progress, as well as completed pieces, and some of his photographs highlight street artists at work in location in and beyond metro Phoenix.