Best of Twin Cities on Instagram: iPhone artists make the old favorites look fresh

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Dana Maltby | @thecityisbright
South Minneapolis-based Maltby, 29, describes his profession as "full time super hero space time traveler photographer magician." The poster he's holding here comes from a photo he took a few months ago, on "the famous walk bridge on I-35W South, just outside the city, near the MIA," he says.
If the best camera is the one that's with you, as the saying goes, then the smart phone is quickly out-pacing even the flashiest Nikons. One of the biggest apps driving phone photography is Instagram, the free picture sharing service that allows users to "filter" their snaps, and layer on effects from vintage to over-exposed. In action, the app looks like Facebook's artsier, more intimate cousin, and the social media giant knows it--in April, Facebook offered $1 billion to buy two-year-old, 13-employee-large Instagram.

Curious about our neighbors' photography skills, we rounded up 22 Instagram shots that showcase the Twin Cities' striking architecture, beautiful sunsets, neighborhood haunts--and resident iPhone artists.

First up, local instagrammers take on architecture and skylines.

Andrew Prokop | @ajprokop
Prokop, 54, snapped this picture of the Guthrie July 14, when he and his wife went to see The Sunshine Boys. "I took the photo, along with several others that night, because I've become addicted to documenting my life with my iPhone," he wrote in an email. "Okay, addicted is a strong word, but it's not uncommon for me to take daily photographs of the places I go, the people I'm with, and the sights I see."

Tola Vann | @tolavann
Vann, 32, moved to the Twin Cities from Colorado a decade ago, and took this shot of the Walker Art Center Saturday when he was on his way to a friend. "The Walker is an awesome futuristic-looking structure," he says. "I wanted to capture it in a way that made it look old."

Kristin Rush | @rushkristin
Rush, 22, is from Carson City, Nevada, but moved to the Cities to study at the U and wrapped up her degree in May. She's now an intern at Fallon Worldwide. When her parents were in town for graduation, she brought them to check out her office--on the 24th floor of the AT&T building, right across from Foshay Tower.

Steve Lunn | @bikingforbaseball
Lunn, 25, is biking around the country to every MLB stadium to support youth mentoring programs. His organization, Biking for Baseball, is based out of Denver, CO, and Twins Stadium was the group's 16th stop. "I took this picture as we were biking to downtown Minneapolis. You can't miss it," he says of the Weisman Art Museum. "The shiny metal and sharp blue sky caught my eye."

Cecilia Florencia Garcia Gaul | @ceciflor
Argentine Garcia Gaul, 29, is staying in Minneapolis to study violin. When she was leaving a violin lesson Saturday afternoon, the Wells Fargo Center jumped out at her.

Diana Cherveny | @multichiefd
Cherveny, 20, took this shot of industrial-looking downtown St. Paul about two months ago, because, she says, "I wanted to show a side of St. Paul that I had not yet seen on Instagram. I was standing next to the Science Museum, and I turned and though, 'That's it!'"

On page two, favorite snaps from the Cities' great outdoors.

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