Brad Puet never considered himself a photographer before he got an iPhone in 2009.
Now, he has 36,000 Instagram followers, teaches photography at a community college in Seattle and leads a photography collective with 40 members.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this,” Puet said. You can follow @bradpuet on Instagram.
Before Puet got involved in photography, he spent his creative energies on spoken word and hip-hop, because he loves personal narratives.
“I never took a photography class in my life,” Puet said. “But I’m drawn to people’s stories.”
As Puet became more immersed in Instagram, he realized that there wasn’t much of a web presence for social photography so he founded JUXT, a community that now has more than 40 members.
Juxt brings the world of mobile photography onto the web, and its members help promote each other.
Puet believes that Instagram isn’t the only way to experience social photography.
He’s branched out to other platforms like Backspaces, which allow users to create mini-stories with multiple photos and text, and he’s got a very L.A. story up there worth checking out.
When Puet isn’t out taking photos he is the director of a non-profit that helps survivors of domestic abuse. He takes his photos in between meetings and family obligations.