#BehindtheFeed: This is @justintimothy_

23rd June 2016

By: Phyllis Langley

As part of our series for the Kinglet blog to go #BehindTheFeed of our favorite Instagram accounts within our communities, I sat down with yogi and designer Justin Timothy. We decided to meet up at Baby's on Fire; a new coffee shop in the Mt.Vernon neighborhood. His unique perspective of Baltimore can't help but inspire other creatives throughout the city.

Are you from Baltimore? If not, what brought you here?

I am. I was raised in the Baltimore suburb of Catonsville.

When did you first get into photography and Instagram?

In high school I remember getting failing marks in Photography. I think the laborious process of film wasn't something I was very attached to so I never really thought about photography for quite a few years after that. I was an early adopter of Instagram (Oct 2009) but I had ZERO friends using it at the time so I didn't do anything with it for a while. Then iPhone cameras got better, so did mobile editing software, and I now had the flexibility to really start translating how I would see things.

As a yoga teacher and designer, what about the two inspires your Instagram feed?

As a designer I think there's a certain rigor that has to exist in your work that keeps you really sharp. And frankly, keeps the final product visually appealing and communicating whatever message is trying to be delivered. As a yoga teacher, I try to ignore all of what I just said previously, not over think taking a picture and just enjoy the process in the moment. Because at the end of the day Instagram, isn't very important in grand scheme of it all. To me anyway.

If you could work alongside any "instagrammer" for one day, who would it be?

There's quite a few that I would be really stoked to hang out with but none I would want to work with in the context of Instagram. The platform isn't work for me at this moment.

What quality do you love about Baltimore that you haven't felt in any other city?

The intrinsic feeling of home that I have when I am here. Will I be here forever? I'd like to think not, there's too much world. But, no city gnaws at my soul like Baltimore does.

Thanks for your time, @justintimothy_!

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Team Kinglet