Embarking on Adventures in Life and Photography with @hokaytokay
Just over a year ago, at the age of 20, Amanda Jasnowski (@hokaytokay) left her home in Ohio to pursue photography in New York City.
For Amanda, whose photos explore light and patterns, Instagram provides an outlet for daily creation. “The constant practice of taking photos every day has really helped me grow as a creative and helped further my aesthetic,” says Amanda. “If for some reason you find yourself scrolling far back through my feed you can see the way my style has evolved. It’s a good timeline.”
Amanda’s feed is also a documentation of the beauty found in everyday life. Speaking about her photos, she says: “More than anything I hope people take away a sense of appreciation of the small things in life and the beauty that is here if you are looking. I think most of my images are fairly simple and playful, lots of documenting. Humanity is a beautiful thing.”
Collaborating with and learning from others is central to Amanda’s work, and the Instagram community has been a major source of inspiration. “The support and encouragement that I’ve found through Instagram was a big influence in giving me the courage to move away from home last October. I continue to be thankful for the support and excited by this creative community I’ve grown to be a part of.”
Learn more about Amanda’s work in the video feature by Like Knows Like, produced by filmmaker Bas Berkhout (@bas_berkhout) and photographer Marije Kuiper (@marijekuiper), and follow Amanda’s explorations of light and patterns on Instagram: @hokaytokay.
Back in July Bas & Marije of LikeKnowsLike paid me a visit while they were visiting NY and filmed a short documentary where I ramble on about my story, the internet, love, life, etc.
It’s an honor to be a part of their NYC film series, also to have the film featured on instagram’s blog (and booooooom too!)! feeling like a million bucks over here.
The latest Pixies video, created by LAMAR+NIK was released today. I play INDIE CINDY. Check it out and show some support for these awesome directors.
Directed by LAMAR+NIK (www.lamarplusnik.com)
Director of Photography: Spenser Sakurai
1st AC: John Dewberry
Gaffer: Cole Rachal
Indie Cindy: Emily Matthews
Boyfriend: Mark Johns
Hooded Man: Miles Kolliopoulos
A few snaps from my 2 year anniversary with Amanda :-)
Introducing Photos of You
Photos are memories of the people, places and moments that mean the most to us. We have always sought to give you simple and expressive ways to bring the stories behind your photos to life. Your captions and hashtags capture the “what?” and your Photo Map answers the “where?” but until today we’ve never quite been able to answer the “who?”.
Today, we’re excited to introduce Photos of You and bring you a new way to share and discover stories on Instagram. When you upload a photo to Instagram, you’re now able to add people as easily as you add hashtags. Only you can add people to your photos, so you have control over the images you share. And it doesn’t stop at people—you can add any account on Instagram, whether it’s your best friend, favorite coffee shop or even that adorable dog you follow.
There will now be a Photos of You section on your profile. When someone adds you to a photo, you’ll receive a notification and the photo will appear in your Photos of You. Want to make sure you like the photo first? No problem: you can easily adjust your settings so nothing appears on your profile until you approve it. Before your Photos of You section is visible to other people, you’ll have until May 16th to play around and get used to the feature. You can find more information about how Photos of You works and how to control your visibility at help.instagram.com.
Norman Music Festival