What better way to cover an event about the youth protest movement than through social media? That is why we invited DC's most active and talented instagrammers to Fusion's RiseUp summit on November 19 to document the day through their camera lenses.
Instagram is no longer just a place for #ootd and food pics, it has become a strong knit community of creative souls as well as a powerful instrument of protest. The four photographers we chose understand this and live it every single day. Having activists from all around the world in one room for #FusionRiseUp was a unique moment and our igers captured it beautifully. Here are is our talented team and some of their best shots:
ADRIEN RADFORD @ADRIENRADFORD
Adrien was born in St.Paul, Minnesota but was raised in DC. He says photography and style play important roles in his life, "Just walking down the street passing someone who has a very unique style or walking past a building that looks intriguing through your perspective, that's all inspiration. Instagram definitely helped me see my inspiration and profession in a more unique way. If it wasn't for Instagram, my phone would just be a phone, not my go-to camera."
JAIME LYNN @JMEELIN
Jaime is originally from Michigan but is currently living in Northern Virginia with her fiancé and their dog. "I am a lover of sunshine, coffee, anything vintage, laughter, and collecting sweet memories!" she told us, and her feed is definitely a visual representation of those passions.
PHIL MARTIN @PHIL.MARTIN
Phil is a DC native that loves taking portraits of fellow creatives, landscapes that play with light, and exploring his city. When we asked him what makes him rise up, he answered without hesitation: "Autism Awareness." He also taught me how to take a #puddlegram like a pro.
JARRET HENDRIX @BRILLIANTARTISTRY
Jarrett was born and raised in DC and his love for his city is evident. He seems equally passionate about photography and Instagram: "I have always had a love for capturing the world around me through the lens of a camera. Since I can remember, photography has always been the way I expressed myself. For me Instagram is my art gallery, it's my photography studio, it's my personal space that I use to showcase my passion. It also connects me with people to communicate with and to be inspired by."
Watching our Instagram team in action during #FusionRiseUp made it clear that we are stronger as a community and that in our phones we carry incredible power to document the world around us, whether it's the beautiful moments or the unjust ones that are overlooked.
Elisa is a designer & illustrator that writes (and doodles) about pop culture, women, diversity and all things art. She is the human behind Fusion's Instagram account and Elvis Presley is her spirit animal.