Storytellers are a crucial element of travel - they write the books, take the pictures, document the culture and landscape - all of which inspire us to take our first step. The medium in which these travel stories are communicated are constantly evolved and more and more I find myself drawn to visual platforms, such as Instagram as a primary resource and tool for inspiration and research.
The Californian West Coast is now synonymous as the epicentre of the social media revolution and home to the handful of companies that have transformed the way we interact with each other and the world. While planning our trip to L.A I knew it would be a unique opportunity to gain an insight into how it all works and what the future may hold.
Some of you maybe are familiar with Minh T of @thismintymoment, he is one of the new wave of ‘influential photographers' who have attracted a huge following on Instagram. Minh T is not your cliche ‘Instagram personality’, but rather a digital storyteller and photographer who has carved out his career by capturing the beauty of the built environment.
I have been following Minh T’s profile and decided to contact him to see if he would be willing to shed some light on the inner workings of his world and how he stays ahead in an ever more crowded space. “We can meet at Sycamore kitchen in Labrea if you like? We can also go to Platform in Culver City. It's like a new shopping centre. There are also a lot of galleries and interesting buildings in Culver City. Are you planning to see anything there?” he suggests through a direct message. It will be my first time in L.A and Culver City had not even been on my radar so what better place to begin.
I arrive early giving myself enough time to indulge in my morning coffee ritual. As I open the door, Minh suddenly appears so I ask him if he would like a coffee too, expecting to begin with the customary tradition of coffee and interview. “No, I’d rather an ice cream.” he says with a smile. The answer catches me by surprise and is the first sign of Minh’s spontaneous personality. After getting his Matcha ice cream, Minh doesn't miss a beat and we begin talking whilst exploring the neighbourhood on foot.