The last weekend of April marked my second participation in the worldwide InstaMeet – a global event where like-minded photo enthusiasts come together in one of several places to jointly create pictures for their respective Instagram accounts. An InstaMeet often gathers over 100 people, which makes it the perfect opportunity to meet those fellow Instagrammers you like and follow. You can mingle with old friends, get acquainted with new faces, talk business, model for each other, get insights on the latest tricks of the pros, and even catch a bit of gossip about the latest developments or scandals in the scene. It’s a great way to network and socialize with the community and ideally create something cool together.
I missed the opportunity to do all this with my fellow Berlin Instagrammers because I was in my winter exile in Buenos Aires. But luckily these InstaMeets are global and pretty much every major city in the world seems to have them now, so naturally there was one here too. In fact there were two that I was able to join: the official (and bigger) one organized by the Igers Buenos Aires group (igersbsas) that pretty much everyone was open to join, and a smaller one initiated by Huntgram in a secret location that was only for a select group of invited people.
In Europe I saw my fellow Grammers scatter out to Görlitz, Warsaw and Frankfurt, where they visited such iconic places as the old department store that served as Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, the super-high Cosmopolitan Twarda skyscraper and the magical Bolongaro Palace. Each of these walks included multiple great locations chosen by savvy Instagrammers and all generated hundreds of photos on the app which you can see through the hashtags #wwim13_goerlitz, #wwim13warsaw and #wwim13fra.
The InstaMeet in Buenos Aires led me to the iconic “Puente de la Mujer” in Puerto Madero and to the BSM Art Building – an atelier inside a former office building. Both meets showed me how different these gatherings can be. While the official one was a big community meet at a popular spot in the city, the other felt more intimate. Thanks to its unique location, the small meet-up offered more possibilities to make original and creative photos. I was really impressed to see the small group of Instagrammers completely take over the art building, arrange their own little sets, make full use of props and objects lying around and to model and collaborate for each other’s ideas. It was really infectious and encouraging to watch them working their Instagram magic. The final results were really cool.
I’ve chosen some of my favorite photos from all of the InstaMeets. And below, you can also watch a short video of the meet-up in Warsaw.
If you are an Instagrammer yourself, you should definitely join the next worldwide InstaMeet that usually happens twice per year in changing cities. Using the hashtags associated with the meets will give you a little bump in likes and followers and if you’re lucky, you might even meet your own fabulous Instagram gang.