Instagrammers, whether you like it or not, are some of the most influential photographers of our age. We wanted to get to know the personalities behind the cameras, so we reached out to a few phone photographers who have been capturing their own unique beauty. These individuals have been hard at work shooting some of Montreal’s best sights, from dawn until dusk, across our city’s diverse landscapes.
Lisa Yang @lisacyang_ is a lover of cats, appreciates warm light, enjoys getting lost and exploring new places. She feels the happiest when she’s riding her bike and eating ice cream in the summer.
What are some of your favourite spots in Montreal?
I love visiting BANQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec). There’s something about being in a library that makes you slow down life just a bit by immersing yourself with literature. In addition, there’s a lot you can capture there too, just don’t get caught by the security guards. If I’m out and about, I always find myself gravitating towards St. Joseph’s Oratory. I think it has the best view of the city and offers a peaceful and quiet place to think. Finally, the Westmount Greenhouse because it’s a magical green haven.
When did you first start taking photos and how has this affected your life?
I started taking photos when I was in high school. I was inspired by my friend when she started posting her photos on her Xanga, so I experimented with just a simple point-and-shoot. The great thing about taking photos all the time is that it trains your eye to appreciate the little details you would often miss if you simply walk by without a care. While I haven’t always been super active in the Instagram community, there is a community out there and I’ve been able to support local photographers, live vicariously through their feed, explore new places and even meet them in person.
What is your process for taking the perfect (Instagram) photo?
I don’t have a specific process. It’s really all about the moment and the mood a photo can convey. To me, a fantastic photo would be dependent on how the photographer captures the light. I’m a huge fan of the tags #catchinglight #chasinglight #chasingharshlight and #shadowplay because lighting can highlight a banal everyday object and bring it to life.
What are your favourite things to photograph?
Anything that catches my eye. I like to showcase what each season has to offer, so if it’s summer it’s going to be lots of greenery and flowers; warmer light and fallen leaves in Autumn and cool tones for the winter.
Where is a dream destination that you would love to see and photograph?
I have so many on my list! I would say my top two are Iceland and Scotland.
Who are some of your favourite instagrammers?