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Last fall I became obsessed with the weloveatl hashtag. It’s a movement that brings the community of Instagramers in Atlanta who show their love for the city through photos. They started a project at Ponce City Market where they showcased some of their favorite photos in a beautifully presented pop-up gallery. Prints were up for sale, and all proceeds went to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. They also sold other items like t-shirts in order to fund their mobile gallery, which started it all.
Their gallery projects grew from a Kickstarter that supported a mobile gallery in a Chevy P30 bread truck. It roamed around the city and had the same idea of featuring photos shared through the hashtag, weloveatl, on Instagram.
Since then, they’ve taken over places and events like the Phoenix Fest at Urban Sprout Farms, Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular, 5 Points MARTA Station, and CNN Center atrium. They also hold instameets throughout the year, which are announced through their social media accounts. It’s a great way to meet people who share the same passion for their love of Atlanta, photography, and community. The most recent one was at the Sundial restaurant located at the top of Westin Hotel. Other hashtags affiliated with weloveatl include helovesatl and shelovesatl. Pretty neat!
One of my photos was chosen (to my surprise) and displayed at the Ponce City Market gallery. After visiting the gallery a few times and attending their closing event, I was inspired to create my own mini gallery at home. I even made Mikey buy my photo at the gallery so I could include it in my little project. I know it’s super dorky!
The mini gallery I created was tedious but simple enough. The worst part was probably cutting the photos and making sure they all had all of their white borders were uniform. I printed the photos at home and used regular photo paper. I initially used double-sided tape to adhere them to the wall, but they kept falling. I turned to Amazon, as usual, for a solution and found some cute upholstery nails to keep them up.