Jennifer Bannister, 34, from Fulford, is a military spouse who started sharing her photos on Instagram during the lockdown.
She’s just one of many local people who enjoy celebrating our city – and sharing their stories and photos on the popular social media platform.
In our regular slot, Insta Stories, people like Jennifer tell us about their life in York and what makes our city special.
Here’s Jennifer’s Insta Story…
The name of your Instagram page/account?
wherever we are
When did you create your page?
How many followers do you have?
Why did you create it and what is your Instagram about?
I took up photography during confinement and created a page to share my shots. As we move around a lot, we have photos from various locations in the UK, but we currently live in York.
What was your favorite article – and why?
I took a picture of my son at Castle Howard playing in a puddle in front of the house. I like how the big historic house is behind him and he’s just playing innocently, kicking a puddle. It was a great day and it reminds me of happy times.
Why is York special to you? Name three big things if you can!
I was born in Yorkshire, when I was a child we often spent days in York. They were always the best days. My husband stationed here felt like coming home. I love the history of York, the feeling of going through different eras when visiting the city centre. York is such a friendly place. Whether it’s people from the local café or passers-by, everyone says hello.
What’s the best thing about Instagram?
It’s a place to share your passion with others. It’s an online community where we can all learn from each other and benefit from each other’s talents. No matter where you are in the world, you can wake up and see someone else’s morning view.
What other Instagrammers do you like to follow?
I mainly follow photography and walking stories. But I also like a good home improvement account! My favorite account right now is cottage.by.a.loch
What is the most surprising thing that has happened to you because of Instagram?
I was surprised by the community feeling on Instagram. It used to be a scary place to share my photos, but I soon realized that most people were supportive and loved sharing their work.
Any tips for getting the most out of Instagram?
Never get to the point where you feel you have to post. Only post what you want to share. It’s good to take days off.
Tell us your Insta Story
We hope you enjoyed this week’s Insta Story. And we’d love to hear from other people celebrating our city on social media. If you are a local Instagrammer who wants to tell your Insta story and be featured in the press, please contact us. You can send your story and photos directly to our newsroom via this online form: www.yorkpress.co.uk/instagram/