It’s a good practice to see the world through multiple perspectives. From a point of understanding to a level of unique discovery, Instagram has served as a conduit and a platform to grow community. Around the globe or across the country, we’re able to see the world through the eyes of others. One of our favorites is Steven Fingar. His perspective and anecdotes capture Boston and beyond; moments that inspire peaceful stillness, East Coast wanderlust, and a call to appreciate the world around you.

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What are you working on presently? What’s the buzz? What’s your jam?
Presently, I have a few companies that I’m working with through my Instagram, but I can’t disclose the names until the content goes live (coming soon!). Aside from a few campaigns that have recently gone live, I am preparing for my upcoming Masters semester at Northeastern University for accounting, which is located here in Boston. For traveling, I just got back from over 3wks of back-and-forth traveling to SF, Seattle, Portland, and NYC – now it’s time to relax!

Ha, I bet! So back in Boston? What’s your favorite thing(s) about Boston?
I was born and raised in Boston, so there are so many memories tied to this amazing city. I always tell people that I love how walkable the city is – everything is 1-2mi away. To make me feel better about the pastry or latte I had, I would just walk it off on my way home. Walking is truly the reason why I’ve been getting more attached to the city. When you walk and walk for hours, you see the city for everything it has to offer. For example, if I decided to take the T from Fenway to Beacon Hill rather than walking, then I might have missed a gorgeous alley tucked away on Comm Ave., or the college student who walks 15 dogs to make money on the weekend. It’s these little things that make Boston special.

Boston Instagram

Boston Instagram

If someone’s never been to Boston – what would you suggest they see first, eat first, and drink first?
I get asked this allll the time, but I never know whether to suggest the touristy spots or the more intimate aspects of Boston since everyone approaches things differently. I would say if you’ve never been to the city then check out Fenway, Harvard Square, Beacon Hill, The Commons/Public Garden, North End, Newbury St., and South End. But if you’re a more veteran resident or visitor of the city then I would suggest Acorn St. in Beacon Hill, Davis Sq., Tremont St. in South End, Seaport District, and Coolidge Corner/Washington Square. There are so many places on my list that I don’t know where to start!

We all love your photos and aesthetic. How long have you been taking photos? What got ya interested?
Thank you! I would say that my earliest ‘real’ photography memory was in high school when I went on a trip to Spain and France with the school. Before we embarked, I bought my first expensive Canon camera to capture the beautiful cities in both places. When I returned from the trip, my family was really surprised with some of the pictures I took on the trip and expressed some desire for me to print them professionally. After a few years lugging around that giant camera, I decided to use my iPhone to capture moments since it was more portable and user-friendly. That’s when I downloaded an app called Instagram and the rest is history.

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What do you like to photograph most? Why do you think pictures of coffee are so fun to take? We love them. Certainly a lot of people do, lol. Curious to hear your thoughts on it 🙂
I capture moments that are a part of my every day life. Coffee is definitely a huge focal point for the content that you see on my Instagram – everything from latte art, coffee shops, and the things in between. I can definitely see myself opening a coffee shop when I’m older since coffee has become a big passion of mine. The other aspect of coffee that I find interesting is the fact that so many conversations and life moments are had over a cup of coffee – something I write in my captions frequently. Meeting new friends, catching up with old friends, talking to your significant other before work, life milestones, sad moments, business meetings etc….almost everything involves coffee.

Love it! That’s what fuels Club Culture, coffee shop moments.

Connecting via Instagram. What do you like and or dislike most about the app? (Instagram). Do you look at it as

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a community, a way to build clients, a portfolio, get Insta-famous? Whatcha think? 
I’ve had a lot of experiences through this app, both good and bad. I feel like at this point I could write a whole memoir on this topic, but I would like to say that your experience on Instagram is mainly a result of how you approach and use the app.

You SHOULD write a memoir! Any mottos and or bits of advice you live by and or put into daily practice?
Be 100% genuine with who you are and what you are doing. Some of the most influential people on Instagram have the deepest connection with their followers – whether it be the content, the words that accompany the photo, or the person themselves – be true and people will respect that. One of the bigger mistakes I initially made was putting my followers’ needs ahead of my own. The best advice I would give is to do things that make YOU happy and fulfilled, the rest will follow.

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That’s great advice! If you could have coffee with any 5 people, who would it be?
Love this question, because I feel like it changes as we get older. I will approach this with well-known figures:

1. Ellen Degeneres – Such an amazing person who always brings a smile wherever she goes.
2. Sia (sans wig) – I feel like getting coffee with her would be such a fun time.
3. Julia Child – Bon appétit!
4. Antoni Gaudí – My favorite architect and mastermind behind some of my favorite buildings in Spain.
5. Emma Watson – Everything about her (and Hermione, of course).

Of course. A little magic never hurts. 

 

Check out Steven on Instagram and follow along as he shares the best of Boston and the world around. @stevenfingar
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