Stephanie Stamatis isn’t your run-of-the-mill photographer. With no background in traditional photography, Stephanie nonetheless captures not only dreamy corners of the everyday, but the zeitgeist. Using her smartphone to tell a story in which inert, often dilapidated scenes become animated, full of an atmospheric life and bursting with personality, Stephanie is an Instagram impressario.

With over 54,000 followers at the time this was written, Stephanie, without necessarily meaning to, has captured the imaginations of an overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience with her photo feed. The artistry in Stephanie’s work is in the angles she captures, the way in which she makes seemingly mundane scenes buzz, lending an element of the magically surreal to hidden corners of forgotten spaces. We talked to Stephanie about learning to refine her style, her background in interior design, and the journey that led to her pervasive Instagram presence…