I am fascinated by our connected culture, watching the way communities grow and change online.  As a photographer with a background in sociology, one of my favorite ways of soaking up cultural and visual information is on the Instagram photo sharing platform. Amazing clusters of inspiring photos have sprung up from Instagram in the form of hashtags, one of my recent favorites being #workspace.

The trend surfaced last week when the art director and photographer, Michael O’Neal (@mo_neal) posted this photo of his #workspace (below) and asked his followers to show where they work. Within a couple of days thousands of photos had streamed in: desks, golf courses, recording studios and every place in between.

I sifted through the photos, lost in the details of everyday lives, and feeling more deeply connected with my fellow Instagramers.

Seeing those photos also made me want to dig deeper into this community.  My favorite parts of photographing geeks for the past year has been meeting incredibly smart people and observing their work environment.  Since work is such a big part of our lives, it’s always fascinating to see your productive geek space in one frame.  It may or may not be your desk, but I’d love to see where you’re able to get in your zone. Use the hashtag #geekspace on Instagram or Twitter and we’ll post some of our favorites next week.

Here is my #geekspace. Where’s yours?

You can find Annie Laurie Malarkey on Instagram @annielaurie and on Twitter @annieandacamera.  You can also see this site  for more of her work. 

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to GeekWire's free newsletters to catch every headline


  • http://moniguzman.com Monica Guzman

    What a great idea! I’m looking at my #geekspace and thinking I need to clean this up before I post it anywhere. Then again, it’s hardly ever that clean. Maybe better to be honest? I’ll watch the hashtag and see what surfaces …

    • Annie Laurie Malarkey

      I would love to see your #geekspace, mess and all! 

  • Guest

    I have a desk, a chair, a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, and a computer as part of my workspace. I usually put my mobile phone on the desk as well, plugged into the wall for power and into speakers to play music. Thanks for asking!

Job Listings on GeekWork