The inaugural Fed Square Instagram Takeover was kicked off in April with the talented @RegularSteven.
During the Takeover week, we took Steven on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Square where he climbed up to the rooftops and ventured into the underbelly of the Square.
We had a chat to Steve about his time taking over Fed Square’s Instagram.
What was it like taking pictures at Fed Square?
Really loved the special access that I got on the rooftops and opportunities to see stuff that many people don’t get an opportunity to see. One of the big things I love about taking photos is the places it takes me and the doors it often opens. Or ladders, in this instance.
What was your favourite spot in the Square to photograph?
Top of Transport/Transit. I could have spent hours up there, such great panoramic views of the Yarra, Southbank, Fed Square, Flinders Street and the city.
What did you learn about Fed Square that you didn’t know before the Takeover?
I had no idea about the beehives on top of the SBS buildings. And it’s so cool that the honey they produce is used by the restaurants in the precinct. Also, as impressive as it’s un-photogenic, was the environmental measures put in place to ensure Fed Square is first class with regards to energy, waste and water. Collecting all the food waste and turning it in to energy with their bio gas plant, the rain water collection and the Labyrinth, which that both heats and cools The Atrium all year round using a passive cooling system I had no idea even existed.
How long have you been using Instagram?
Since 2011. Kicked it off when I did a road-trip from Darwin to Sydney.
What do you like about Instagram versus other social media platforms?
I love how much you can connect with people outside your peer group and it’s totally normal to have conversations with strangers with a similar interest. Unlike Facebook where you feel somewhat obligated to be connected with friends that might not have something overly interesting to say on social media, Instagram is all about the content. And unlike Twitter, you don’t have limitations of how much you can say – you can have a detailed conversation if you want. Throw those two together and you’ve got a visual platform that really appeals to me.