People take a lot of big scenery pictures of Tacoma. It’s hard to pass up a view of the Narrows, when Mt. Rainier comes out to play, or even downtown from high in the sky, but Instagram user has taken to looking at the city from a closer perspective.

Check out seven of his images and see how many areas of Tacoma you can identify. (Answers at the bottom of this post!)

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“I think it’s fun to turn something ordinarily unsightly, like a rusty pipe or weathered door, into something artistic,” Willis tells Grit City Magazine. “If you see some strange guy crouching down over a storm grate with his phone, there’s a good chance it’s me.”

Willis’ texture images generally feature four slim shots from one particular neighborhood or area at a time. The style was stumbled upon by accident.

He explains: “I was playing around with a collage app on my phone and zoomed in some photos from a hike at Mt. Rainier. I normally like distant landscape photos, but the close up nature was really interesting to me and I think gives a completely different perspective on a place.”

Encouraged by positive feedback Willis, who transplanted to Tacoma in 2015, continued the style to capture our area.

“There’s something unique about Tacoma that I really enjoy — the history, the natural beauty, the charming grittiness, etc.,” he went on to share. “I’ve made some great friends and feel like part of a community for the first time in a while.”

You’re welcome to follow‘ account to see more, plus bonus photos. As he humbly puts it: “I post a lot of photos of my travels and animals too, so if you’re a fan of weird little dogs or artsy landscape shots, I’m an OK account to follow.”

Got your guesses in? Here we go:

1. Pacific Lutheran University

2. Point Defiance

3. Salmon Beach

4. UW Tacoma

5. North End

6. Broadway

7. Tacoma Art Museum (Zhi Lin exhibit)

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Posted by:Sara Kay

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