Leah Fasten recently started a new project of shooting a daily portrait with her iPad and sharing it on Instagram. Her subjects include a mix assortment of people she knows from her neighborhood and places she goes to during her day to day routine. The cafe, coffee shop, photo shoot crew, friends or family are assets she draws from. Documenting the encounters gives Leah a chance to connect and continue to develop her originality through a personal body of work.
As Leah shoot the images she process them using VSCO film filters and then upload them to Instagram almost immediately. The subjects and Leah connect on Instagram and then the relationship continues as they follow each other.
Portraits and someone’s human experience are where Leah begins her photo process.
“I simply love to lose myself in other people and the lives they create for themselves. The boundaries that people create between each other fascinate me and I love exploring those
boundaries and connections though photography.”
Towards the end of last year, after 18 months on Instagram, Leah
found herself becoming restless with her personal Instagram feed. “I
love the immediacy of Instagram as well as the way it builds
community and I didn’t want to leave Instagram, but I was tired of
shooting my daily life and wanted to leave those sorts of moments for
my Tumblr blog. I was looking for a way to use Instagram to keep me
inspired, shooting and connected to my growing Instagram community.”
To Leah, shooting a portrait a day is like any other daily practice. “I truly
believe that what we choose to do every day becomes who we are.
Shooting a portrait a day with my iPad is a bit like going for a daily
run, or doing a daily series of yoga postures or finding time every
day to sit in meditation. It centers me and keeps me pushing my
process a bit.”
Please follow along! http://instagram.com/leahfasten