FILTERED VIEWS: David Aaron Roberts’ Bike is Traveling on Instagram

Los Angeles-based photographer David Aaron Roberts teaches darkroom and design at Loyola High School. He considers himself a “Cali-Nomad,” living from North to South, East to West in San Diego, Sacramento, all over the Bay, and in Bishop, which is located near the Sierras in the eastern part of the state. 

He began his Instagram account about two years ago under the name “slvrlyt” (silver light). While riding his bike, he found himself exposed to sights and locations that he would have normally have missed if he was just driving by. The slower pace, and the ability to take his eyes off the road, and onto the road less traveled have created a themed Instagram account which features the places his bike takes him—and features his bike!

“Not only does riding my bike offer me exercise and time spent outdoors, it gives me a chance to add an extra subject and element to my photographs, creating a visual narrative of my bike’s travels as I explore Los Angeles or the various cities in California that I grew up in. My bike images have also given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people and connect with fellow street photographers and bike enthusiasts looking to expand their personal photographic vision and journeys as well. I love a creative challenge, and combining Instagram with my bike excursions fixes my eyes to be on constant patrol for a particular light piecing an alley wall, or a unique street art image gracing a building in Hollywood or downtown. This desire to keep shooting and discovering has become an addiction of sorts.” 

Check out more of our Filtered Views here.

Griffith Observatory

La Brea Avenue

Highway 46--James Dean's Last Stop

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

South La Brea Avenue

Skydiving Airport in Fresno

Santa Monica Blvd.

6th Street Bridge--Los Angeles River

Beverly Blvd & Vermont Ave. Metro Station

Disney Hall, Downtown Los Angeles

Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

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