The Art Of Instagram: Spotlight On Tim Landis (PHOTOS)
Pablo Picasso reportedly once said, "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
With this in mind, we are pleased to announced a new feature of HuffPost Arts: Instagram Spotlight. We just love the youth-centric iPhone feature that turns amateurs into artists with the click of a button. Instagram reminds us that even those who aren't working artists still have a vision worth sharing, and HuffPost Arts wants to provide a platform to these photographers who are moved by beautiful moments. We will be featuring our favorite gems on the site along with their stories and inspirations, and will continue to scour the web for budding photographers. If you think this could be you, keep being creative and we will find you!
Our first post in the series was the Turkish photographer Ciler Gecici; today we humbly present Tim Landis, a medical supply delivery man with a passion for creating simple and meaningful photographs of rural scenes.
Tell us about where are you from and what is your 'day job'. Are you a professional photographer, or is photography just a hobby for you?
I am originally a Philly guy who has been relocated to the Duluth, Minnesota area. My day job is delivering medical supplies. I am a mobile photographer and an aspiring professional photographer. My passion is to tell stories and give messages through my images. I would consider it to be a spiritual outlet for me.
When did you start using your phone as a camera?
I first starting using my iPhone as a camera back in May of 2011. But, it wasn't until fall of 2011 that I realized I really enjoyed and had a passion to capture images that might impact people and change the way they think. I love to story tell through my images. That excites me when people comment and it has resonated with them.
Has there ever been a moment you were especially happy to have had your cameraphone handy?
I always carry my iPhone with me. That is the amazing thing about technology these days. So, to say there was a time or place when I was glad I had it, I'm always glad to have it and be ready to capture something that will impact me and my viewers. There is always beauty to be discovered and found.
Who are your favorite people you follow on Instagram?
Here are some instagramers that really inspire me and that I Love to follow: @MattFrench @ChrisOzer @tonycruz @racquelmishel @croyable @mandythompson @barnel02 @KarynKelly (to name a few).
See more of Tim's thoughtful photographs and captions below, or follow him on Instagram.