Instagrammer in Residence: William Jones

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4 Jun 2019
4 min read

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

Our June Instagrammer in Residence is William Jones (@wwww.home), whose Instagram feed captures the peaceful and colourful moments in everyday life.


Can you please introduce yourself?

My name is William, I was born and raised in London. I studied Music Production, but have always had an affection for all things art related.

My interest in photography began in 2017 when I found an Olympus Trip 35 whilst clearing out my Grandads house.

As well as music and photography I like to draw, print (whenever I can) and collaborate with other artists. I only have informal training in visual arts but I love to do it


What inspires you about the Barbican and its neighbourhood?

The Barbican is such a big, ambitious, confusing, beautiful place. I love to just wander around and get lost in it. I’m always discovering new parts and there is always new things to find out about it.

The Barbican is such a big, ambitious, confusing, beautiful place

There is also something to be said about the fact that it is a place where people can go to slow down and study, hang out, meet friends and even sleep in without being expected to buy something or move on - it reminds me of the Piazza’s in Italy where people go to sit and watch the life around them, whilst meeting friends and neighbours. Sort of like a public living room, but for everyone from around the world.

This kind of thing is hard to find in London.

Which five Instagram accounts should everyone follow?

@stephenellcock - This is an incredibly well curated art page, they tend to go with loose themes like 'hands', 'the forest' or 'lightning storms' then post lots of examples of these themes from modern art, across to cave art, and it’s so interesting to see them all side by side. Plus in the description they always give some information like, the name, the year and even what museum that piece of work is in.

@shiukaialfie - One of my favourite artists working in London right now - can’t recommend his stuff enough.

@josiahsteinbrick - Great way to discover new music. They always post obscure music from around the world, I’ve found some incredible albums from them I probably wouldn’t of found otherwise.

@nillylandao - I stumbled across this account completely by accident one day by typing in a friends name incorrectly, and I found all these beautiful images of objects, people and animals around a beach. At the time of finding this I had recently watched ‘The Beaches of Agnès’ and some of the gentle imagery and the humour in the descriptions reminded me a lot of that. (Also there’s some great videos of blue bin bags in the wind.)

@modernism101 - This account just posts endless examples of beautiful design.

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