8 Middle America Creators We Love

8 Middle America Creators We Love

8 Middle America Creators We Love
Why do the coasts get all the credit?

1. Sean Bauer, Philadelphia, PA - @beansauer

Sean’s images are urban, airy, inventive and sometimes downright funny. Sean’s worked with major brands like Toyota. Bonus: his account features a recurring roving-piece-of-pizza-lament (he is permanently bummed about his lactose intolerance).

I am allergic to everything in this photograph. #iSneeze | 🌹

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Hungover, feeling like I just got hit by this boat. #crap | 🙈

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2. Jeff Jones, Kansas City, MO - @ohsnapjeff

Jeff recently made the move from one midwestern town to another and he’s taken his penchant for home-centric photography with him. Jeff is a documentarian of his surroundings and loves to capture and celebrate local surprises, including portraits of his beloved friends. He moderates the @IGKansascity account.

3. Danny Mota, Chicago, IL - @dannymota

When you see his surrealist, neon urbex adventures with mind-bending horizon lines, you’ll find it hard to believe that Danny Mota works primarily on his iPhone. Danny is no stranger to big brands, when he’s not moonlighting as a freelance creative, he is directing content for a major Chicago marketing agency. Bonus: he has an outrageous shoe collection.

One Way Or The Other

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Sky's The Limit Homie

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Yeezy Taught Me

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4. Sam Zhang, Chicago, IL - @instasamz

Dark, industrial and moody. Sam’s images are sharp and clean. Scroll his feed to get your #urbex and #abandoned fix while also feasting upon masterfully edited shots and thoughtful brand plugs for brands like Adidas and Budweiser.

I need some new music in my life. What is your favorite song currently. Go! 🙏🏼

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@nolisuniverse

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5. Kari Jensen, St. Paul, MN - @livinglifesmoments

Kari’s soft and airy photos feature her handmade midwestern home and the full life she lives there. You can’t spot a brand promotion without scouring her hashtags-- she’s a natural at picking brands that integrate seamlessly into her world and then making those photos slide beautifully in step with the rest of her feed. Bonus: her feed is chock full of adorable baby photos.

6. Lucas Sigurdson, Toledo, OH - @oldmansiggy

What’s the point of featuring the midwest if you don’t dispel the “it’s just cornfield” myths at the same time? Lucas’ photos capture the native beauty of his Northwest Ohio home and portraits of the awesome friends he has there. He’s worked with brands like Holiday Inn and Samsung to create inspiring content. Bonus: following him means that you’ll get an occasional poem in your feed.

The greatest days of our lives haven't even happened yet. #fourtpartpoems

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These Ohio mornings are my favorite.

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Hanging with @ethan.f_ today ⚡️

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7. Adam Elkins, Columbus, OH - @bigmanjapan

Adam’s images are clean and bright and he has an eye for beautiful geometry. His signature is #puddle_warfare shots, but you can also find #urbex and #abandoned shots from his hometown and travels as well as stunning portraits. Bonus: if you like bikes, you will love BigMan.

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Getting dramatic with @inkball #portraitsinpuddles

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Convention

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Let's ride! #justgorideabike #puddle_warfare #pcbeach

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8. Dana Grethen, Minneapolis, MN - @danamarieku

Dana has a way with pastels. All at once her photos are often unexpected and yet always recognizably her own. She plays with perspective and her photos often feature her Minneapolis stomping grounds. Pay attention to her very thought-provoking  captions.

[ No Visibility ] @SkydeckChicago @popularpays #ThanksForEverythingChicago

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[ October Lively ] 🍁 #OnlyInMN #teamnorth

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[ Choosing Joy ] #OnlyInMN #captureminnesota #mprphotos

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