TwiTrip Along the East Coast
By Karrisa Olsen
If traveling up the East Coast, eating at highly-suggested food spots, meeting diverse people and Instagramming it all in real-time sounds like an adventure to you, look into making a TwiTrip with The Guardian.
Portland-based photographer Greta Rybus had a chance to do so last week, teaming up with travel writer Vicky Baker as they made their way from Baltimore to Bay Harbor, Maine with stops in Philly and Boston in between. They started the trip with no itinerary and made plans strictly guided by social media suggestions. The success of the project was reliant on their communication with followers and creativity working on tight deadlines.
Greta loaded up her phone with photos to share of the meals they ate, places they saw and people they met–all of which included lobster, sunset on a mountaintop, and Revolutionary War reenactors. Although her DSLR was not far from reach, this time was all about the iPhone. Greta said:
“I know phone photography is a controversial subject for photographers. For me, photography has always been about composition, connection, and content. It’s not about the tool I use to make the image.”
The developing dependence on social media and technology will be an ongoing debate, but this is a prime example of how it can benefit society, bringing ideas and people together. In this case, it’s just a bonus that it’s all in the name of art.