Instagrammer in Residence: Sue Armitage

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4 Jul 2019
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Inviting emerging Instagrammers from around London to experience life at the Barbican and share their photography 

Our July Instagrammer in Residence is Sue Armitage (@sue_armo), whose Instagram feed captures little moments of travel and home (London).

Can you please introduce yourself?

I’m a Primary School teacher and I’m lucky enough to spend a large part of my week sharing my love of art with children. Whenever I have time to do some creative work myself, I enjoy photography and l like to experiment with analogue processes such as cyanotype. But I also love smartphone photography. A few years ago, I caught the Instagram habit from my teenage daughter and I think that, at its best, it helps you tune into the beauty of the world around you. It’s a really flexible tool. Some Instagram accounts are exquisitely curated, but mine is more of a messy sketchbook: a collection of things that inspire me when I’m out and about in my everyday life. 

I also love smartphone photography [...] it helps you tune into the beauty of the world around you

What inspires you about the Barbican?

I’m a big fan of Brutalism: I love the striking simplicity of its lines and its solid geometry. To me the Barbican has a classical grandeur. This sounds contradictory in terms of architectural principles, but in terms of its powerful gut impact, there is something about the monumental towers and crescents that reminds me of Ancient Rome.

I also love the utopian ambition of the Barbican: the idea of creating a community with a world class arts centre at its heart. When you visit on a balmy summer’s evening, you can see how it all comes together.

Which five Instagram accounts should everyone follow?

@lovelydeadcrap

This is a feature account for images of dead vegetable matter. It’s helped me discover an elegant world of line, texture, and pattern in dried-up leaves, flowers and seed pods. I like anything that encourages me to see things differently.

@barbican_city_of_london

I originally mistook this for the official Barbican Centre account. Instead, it’s a terrifically enthusiastic survey of modernist architecture from all over the world.  Lots of inspiration here for one’s Brutalist bucket list.

@tinarororo

Awesome analogue photography.  Tina is properly creative. 

@solgoldensato

I met him at the Chelsea Flower Show once. He has great style. I just like the varied way he uses his Instagram account.

@worldneedsmorespiralstaircases

Because it does.

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