Joe Magers thinks back to his first time at the Instagram meetup. "People are supportive and it's easy to be inspired there," he says.
Today Magers is one of the founders of Igers Indy. He is known above almost any member as being the guy you call if you want to go take pictures. His crisp style focuses on landscapes and a lot of center vanishing points in his shots.
After attending IU for biology, Magers found himself in the after-college rut of translating those hours of studying and back-crushing debt into a career. After floating around for a while he eventually settled on being a land surveyor, something that made sense to him after shooting dozens of landscapes.
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But Instagram has already taken him further than a 9-to-5 job. When he first created his account he started following a journalist in Hong Kong.
"It just captured my imagination," says Magers. "It opened my eyes up to the world and it made me want to go see for myself."
He was inspired to travel. And eventually had his passport stamped in Ireland, England, France, Italy, Germany, and yes, Hong Kong.
"It was a dream come true," says Magers. "All created by Instagram."