LA’s Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Instagram

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is a busy guy. But even the mayor of America’s second-largest city—and potential Senate candidate—is not immune to the relaxing, time-wasting powers of social media: he’s a prolific Instagrammer.

Unlike the social media accounts of most politicians, Garcetti’s Instagram clearly belongs to a real human being—one with a hobby interest in photography. Compare that to the Instagram of New York City’s Bill de Blasio, whose feed is clogged with press conferences—no filters to be found. No wonder, then, that Garcetti boasts nearly 12,000 followers, easily topping de Blasio’s 7,800. With artsy shots like these, it’s not hard to see why:

 

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Really, though. This is just great composition:

 

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Beyond showcasing his artistic eye, Garcetti’s not afraid to broadcast himself hobnobbing in Hollywood:

 

#MerryGrinchmas #HappyWhoYear #MayorAugustusMaywho

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Like many LA residents, he admires an appealing coffee menu:

 

@primerataza great stop during @ciclavia

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He can’t resist the appeal of a photogenic dog. (The dog in question belongs to California Governor Jerry Brown.)

 

California’s First Dog, @SutterBrown

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He puts his frequent helicopter and plane rides to good use:

 

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Dude knows how to use some borders.

 

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While some take to Garcetti’s posts to complain (mostly about helicopter use), the comments on his posts are overwhelmingly positive. Representing most, one user wrote, “Mr. Mayor, I’ve been increasingly surprised by your photographic eye. You have a great perspective for light and color. Respect.” Respect, indeed.

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