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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. 

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