I’ve never really considered myself an artistic person, at least in a classical sense.
Even though I provide photography and video production services for my Real Life Job, I’ve always thought of my abilities to be strictly tied to work itself. Rarely did I believe I had reason to share a picture with others unless it was something my boss asked me to do.
Then Instagram happened.
It wasn’t so much that it was a transformative realization that people are taking pictures all the time and sharing them. It was more the idea that all of a sudden, the way I look at things at work was easily transferred to my everyday life. It wasn’t a case where my eye was just glazing over at the world around me anymore. With a smartphone in my pocket, I was able to capture and manipulate the visuals that struck me as odd, important or simply fun.
I have been lucky to come across many talented beer-themed photographers who use their bottles, cans and other props to create some beautiful images. Oliver at Literature and Libation is a master of patience and unique framing. G-Lo at It’s Just the Booze Dancing is awesome with lighting and depth of field. Rebecca at The Bake and Brew does more with minimalistic shots than I could ever imagine.
This is all to say that I’ve grown quite fond of the idea of photography and enjoy the challenge of trying to create something interesting. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures, even if there’s nothing fancy about them, really. All my shots are taken with my iPhone 5 and because I typically shoot right where I drink, my inventiveness is kept to a minimum:
Maine Beer Peeper – The Right Stuff
Bell’s Oberon – Summer in a Glass
Westbrook One Claw – Practice in Patterns
Troegs Nugget Nectar – Hello Summer
21st Amendment Lower de Boom – Anchors away
Ass Kisser Strawberry Wit – Pucker Up
Green Man Imperial Stout – Back to Basics
You can check out more pictures of beer (and more than beer) over at my Instagram page. My name is bryandroth if you want to look me up.
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“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.” — Jack Kerouac