In our nineteenth of our special features celebrating our favourite south coast based Instagram users, we catch up with Sarah Nunn (@sarah_nunn).
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
My name is Sarah… and I’m an Insta-holic. Just kidding. I’m nearly 25 and I work in social media and content marketing. You might recognise me from the occasional rambling here on Strong Island, but I can mostly be found watching live music, going for muddy walks, or eating brunch.
Can you tell me more about your photographic experience; is this something that you’ve studied or maybe a hobby that you’ve developed?
I’ve always been interested in creative subjects like photography, art, fashion, and media. However, whilst I did study Photography at A Level, I can’t say being behind the lens has ever been my biggest passion. When I joined Instagram back in 2012, I finally found a form of photography that I did enjoy.
Documenting small daily things that I love, such as a pretty latte art, a new pair of shoes, or a log fire on the beach, acts as a sort of photo diary for me to look back on. I like taking photos of my trips away as well as the occasional outfit I’m loving, so my Instagram is a real mixed bag of things that make me happy.
My favourite piece of tech I use for my Instagram photos is the humble iPhone.
Do you have a favoured camera or device that you use for your Instagram photography?
My favourite piece of tech I use for my Instagram photos is the humble iPhone. It lives in my pocket ready to capture those off-the-cuff ‘instragrammable’ moments that I’m always on the look-out for.
Exploring the theme of local, the south coast has a wide variety of climatic conditions, buildings and landscapes. Are there any places or environments that are personal to you or that you love to photograph?
I tend to divide my time between Southsea and the New Forest, which both feature heavily on my Instagram. They are both personal to me in different ways and I love contrasting the cool, hipster vibes of Southsea’s culture scene against the rustic, old country character of the forest. I’m never far from the coast either, so a sandy beach or the occasional ice cream are a favourite on my feed for sure.
Would you say that you take photos more for yourself or for others?
I definitely take photos for myself. I try not to get too caught up in the idea of a perfect Instagram theme and I don’t pay any attention to analytics or performance. In that way I’m a bit of a selfish Instagrammer as I only really post photos that I think look great and that make me happy.
I tend to divide my time between Southsea and the New Forest, which both feature heavily on my Instagram.
Are there any other photographers who either influence you or that you would encourage our readers to also check out?
I love using Instagram for everything from inspiring my sense of style, helping me choose what I want to eat tonight, or making elaborate plans on how to decorate my imaginary house. I find having a diverse feed of different photography styles to follow is what keeps me constantly scrolling.
Some of my favourite accounts to follow at the moment are @meganellaby, @jerrywilliamsmusic, @amyshorephotography, @toiletpapermagazineofficial and @isabellath. Of course I can’t talk about photographers who influence me without mentioning my incredibly talented boyfriend, @chrisrussellphoto. His passion, dedication and artistic vision inspire me on a daily basis, and I’m very lucky to have him on-hand for the occasional outfit snap.