07/24/2015 02:54 EDT | Updated 07/24/2015 02:59 EDT

Canadagram: Meet GummyTing


Our photographer this week has a delightful way of looking at the streets of Toronto. Meet @gummyting. Here she is in her own words:

Hiya, I’m Rose, a creative director/art director in Toronto. I have a weakness for colourful things, quirky hashtags, cold lattes and hot '80s power ballads.

What do you love taking photos of?

I love to take photos of things that typically would go unnoticed. It’s extremely motivating when people comment that I’ve inspired them to see things differently. The ordinary can be beautiful. Especially with a fun hashtag like #naturescombover.

What’s your favourite photo/instagram tip? Did you take a photo that demonstrates this?

Keep your eyes open for photo ops at all times. Many of my shots are not planned, including this one. I was walking across a mall parking lot and spotted an awesome row of red leaved trees a block away. I went over and discovered that the trees were lined in front of a public storage facility that happened to have red panels on the walls. Score! As I lined up my shot, #accidentalcanadianflags was born.

Can you share an outtake or a photo from the cutting-room floor?

Out puddle-hunting with my son, I got a lot of shots of him playing in the water. This one is more artsy and may have been more popular but I chose to post one where he was in mid-jump. It just had more raw energy and emotion and really captured that feeling of being a kid again.

Throwback Thursday! Pick a photo you love from your archive. Tell us about it.

I started #thenandnow_gummyting a couple of years ago because I love documenting how things or people change over time. Buildings come and go, seasons change, kids grow up. It’s nothing new for a photograph to document change, but when used on a social platform, it’s exciting when you can have conversations about it.

See the transformation of this historic building at #thenandnow_gummyting_urbanmakeover

Follow Friday. Which Instagrammers do you love? Who inspires you to take better photos? Tell us about them.

I follow and like a lot of styles that go outside my comfort zone. IG would be boring if I didn’t! To mention just a few, I’m jealous of the sensibility for landscape/naturey shots that @yellowillow and @punkodelish have, the calm, minimal discipline of @missyjena, and the urban grit/composition of @tahaphoto and @jasonfitzzz’s work.

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