We have all heard the term “beauty is everywhere,” which encourages people to open their eyes to the world around them and appreciate it for what it is. Chicago-based photographer trashhand takes that saying to the next level. I came across his work initially on Instagram, and was completely stunned by the way he makes buildings, streets and bridges look purely majestic. (As are the almost 187k followers he has on Instagram, not including the followers of his blog.) His use of the lines and symmetry that architecture creates, the shape a staircase gives going up and out of the frame, and the photos taken from what looks like a birds-eye-view over a city that make me say out loud, “How did he do that??!!”
The allure of shooting architecture has been with trashhand from the beginning. “Since I started taking photos, I always shot architecture. It just happened naturally. My eye has just always been attracted to lines and symmetry.” And living in Chicago, cityscapes are what he is surrounded with, so he has an abundance to choose from.
What’s even more interesting than his work itself, is the fact that trashhand started shooting only on his iPhone. “My interest in photography really started in June of 2011, when I started taking iPhoneography and Instagram pretty serious.” In December of 2011, he bought his first camera and started shooting professionally. Since turning pro, trashhand has gained a few clients, such as Nike. “I started working with them [Nike] because their other photographer they were going to use couldn’t do it, so he recommended me. During that gig, I met a bunch of people from Nike and have been working with them ever since! My Instagram definitely sealed the deal though.” If you add that up, it has taken him less than two years to accomplish what could take other photographers many, many years.
“The most exciting moments with photography for me are when I find a new spot or new view that I know no one ever really gets to see, and I get to share it with the world.” trashhand’s natural eye for the urban cityscape is beyond impressive, and something I look forward to daily in my feed. To follow trashhand to get some inspiration, or just to have some photo eye candy, look him up on Instagram: @trashhand, and on his blog at blog.trashhand.com