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See Things Differently: Introducing Our First Guest Instagrammer

In December 2011, we launched the Chronicle Books Instagram feed. The first post was a blurry, low-lit snapshot of our catalog archive wall here in the office. (Oh, how the iPhone camera has improved since the 3G!) Since then, our photo stream has taken followers behind the scenes at Chronicle HQ, documented life in San Francisco, offered sneak peeks of books fresh off the press, and even traveled across the country to conferences, shops and trade shows.

With each Instagram that I post, my aim is to capture that special way of looking at the world that we cultivate here at Chronicle. Our company motto is “See Things Differently,” and each day, in every corner of the company, we strive to find the unexpected possibilities, creative potential, and distinctiveness in everything we do. It’s this perspective, this way of seeing, that enables us to consistently create beautiful books, stationery, and gifts.

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Now, 62 weeks and 418 photos later, I’m handing over the reins of our Instagram feed, temporarily. One week each month, we’ll be inviting a guest instagrammer to take over the Chronicle feed. These guest igers will be fellow employees, authors, illustrators, artists, and others who share that uniquely Chronicle way of looking at the world. Each month, I’ll introduce them here on the blog, and you’ll always be able to tell a guest post on our Instagram feed by the #SeeThingsDifferently tag followed by their personal handle.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to Benjamin Kasman, our first guest instagrammer. Ben’s an avid iger with a great eye, a connoisseur of fine food and drink, and an instrumental lead in our production department. He travels the globe sourcing forest-friendly paper and sniffing out ink to ensure that every book we publish is gorgeous. Through his lens, I hope you’ll get a new perspective on Chronicle Books, and see things a little differently.

Ben Kasman

Name: Benjamin Kasman
Instagram Handle: @millionairehobo
Role at Chronicle Books: Production Lead, Business Development

Your favorite photo that you’ve Instagrammed:
Your favorite filter: Rise or Mayfair
Your favorite word: dilly dally
Your favorite Chronicle Book: Hoshino’s Alaska
Your idea of happiness: omakase at an amazing sushi restaurant
Where you would like to live: I live in my favorite place, San Francisco. Second choice: Bora Bora
Finish this sentence: I can’t stop taking photos of… the Pacific Ocean

Ben Kasman Pacific Ocean

Thank you, Ben! Follow @ChronicleBooks on Instagram or online at to see his photos all week long.

Guinevere de la Mare
Senior Community Manager

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare is a writer, book lover, and the founder of Silent Book Club. She lives in San Francisco. She also was the senior community manager at Chronicle Books from 2009-2014.

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