11/05/2015 01:19 EST | Updated 11/05/2015 01:59 EST

Canadagram: Meet @AndrewKnapp


This week we go to Sudbury, Ont. to chat with a photographer and his charming dog. Meet @andrewknapp. Here he is in his own words.

Hi! I’m Andrew. Basically, I’ve always gravitated towards the arts, studied graphic design, toyed with photography until it became a career, and work on community-arts projects in my hometown Sudbury via @weliveuphere, a non-profit arts collaborative – we launched a festival this year called Up Fest and it was super fun. I better introduce Momo too – he’s a border collie, he’s 7, and he hides in some pictures and looks handsome as hell in the rest. — @andrewknapp

What inspires you to take photos?

One of my inspirations is engagement. In my life, good things have come largely due to meeting amazing people and being inspired by their actions. So I feel that connection and interaction is one way that can really move our lives forward in a productive way. Posting an engaging photo means people are engaging, interacting. I like. — @andrewknapp

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

Do your thing, but I say keep it simple. I like a basic colour palette, straight lines, and solid/plain backgrounds. — @andrewknapp

How did you get started in photography or on Instagram? Is there an early photo you want to share with us?

I started with my dad’s work camera, it was one of the first digital cameras. I think the photo resolution was 480x360. I eventually got my own, and did a photo-a-day project for about three years. I guess I was waiting for a subject to shoot – Momo came along and was so handsome and photogenic – it just all fell into place nicely.

Here’s an early photo I posted on Instagram (border and filter and all) that demonstrates that he’s always been the cutest. — @andrewknapp

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

I always come back to this one. The colours in Arizona (and the south in general) always make me feel nice inside. Some kind of magic glow that stays with you for life. — @andrewknapp

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

I try to pull qualities from different artists/photographers. I think this is how we find our will, our passion. We shape ourselves into the people we admire – clearly they resonate with us for a reason. However, it’s nearly impossible to choose a favourite because it’s always changing, though I do have a few that I always come back to.

But here’s a shot of a few dogs on Momo’s birthday. Emily and Theron (owners of these dogs) have been certainly huge inspirations to me. — @andrewknapp

Are you working on a project? Do you have something else you’d like us to mention to our followers? Let us know what it is.

First and foremost, I suppose, I like to connect people. Local is important to me, and so is art, so having been one of the founders of a local non-profit art’s initiative called @weliveuphere is really a blessing for me. It’s grown and has birthed a festival called Up Fest. Through the festival we’ve created murals, brought in installation artists, and shared a ton of new music with some hungry locals. I’m also seeing if there’s demand for an independent creator space in Sudbury. — @andrewknapp

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