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  • Sometimes we think we need something radical to change our offsite, day-long meeting with bare feet, bean bag chairs and giant whiteboards. In my case, it simply took a new app on my iPhone.

    I downloaded Instagram in December of 2010. Since then, I've taken
    more than 750 photos
    and joined a global community that has given me a totally new perspective.

    On the Grid
    This pic is my compilation of my favorite and best shots for 2011. Some of the shots were picked based on likes and comments from other Instagramers. Others based on the story they hold. And looking at the grid of mobile phone pictures I also see a nice mix of hues and shapes too.

    My point is you can tell from these pics I've been looking at things differently and seeing my own everyday world in a whole new way. A mobile phone app is not going to slice, dice, julienne fries and clean my oven. But in this case, it helped me see new things that were right under my nose.

    And to be clear, I'm not a photographer. Nor do "I play one on TV." It's easy to see that upon closer examination. I'm just using a phone, and more than a few photo apps, to get the end result: a small dispatch from my world.

    Around the corner and around the world, I've also met new people through Instagram. Some of these pics are from two different photowalks I've organized in Cincinnati. At both events, I know attendees saw things differently. And they saw things they'd never seen before in their hometown. And my photo walks were inspired by others and recorded with Instagram.

    Our worlds get defined by everything from words, symbols and pictures of landmarks to living in them day in and day out. Don't forget to take a second look at things. You'll be amazed at what you can rediscover in your own backyard.
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