When Brigid Scott was offered a job at the Jasper High School in June, she had to pinch herself.
Although she enjoyed her teaching position in Whitecourt, it seemed her migration to the Rockies—something she and her mountain-loving husband had in their sights since they moved from their home province of Saskatchewan—was finally within reach.
“It sounds cliched, but I’m happiest when I’m in the mountains,” she said.
Even still, uprooting was a hard choice. Scott was comfortable in her classroom, her routines, her community.
But if she didn’t open that door, she knew she would never forgive herself.
“I knew I would regret it if I didn’t go for it,” she said.
Instagram—a web-based photo application which allows users to share pictures publicly—hasn’t been the same since. Scott’s students, colleagues and fellow Jasperites maybe just getting to know her but users of The Gram are keenly aware of @rockymountainscrambler’s love for the alpine. In fact, 23,000 social media users are acquainted with her ability to capture The Gram are keenly aware of @rockymountainscrambler’s love for the alpine. In fact, 23,000 social media users are acquainted with her ability to capture
The Gram are keenly aware of @rockymountainscrambler’s love for the alpine. In fact, 23,000 social media users are acquainted with her ability to capture magic with her camera. That’s not just good for her own exposure, it’s also free marketing for the park. Now that Scott is able to hit the hiking and scrambling trails on the regular, rather than as a weekend warrior, her feed has soared to new heights.
But @rockymountainscrambler didn’t always have such a huge reach, nor did she always have full control of her camera. When Scott first started shooting, she’d keep her settings fully automated. Her photos were hastily planned out and she had no idea how to shoot a long exposure. Since then, she’s studied the form, picked up tricks and tips from fellow shutterbugs and packed along the requisite gear for capturing her surreal subjects.
“I hate carrying a tripod but I usually do,” she says.
Scott’s combination of majestic landscapes, moody light and reflective lakes shot from soaring summits have enamoured the social media community. Plus, she’s prolific on the app. She’s made more than 332 posts in two years—pretty impressive, considering her shots are from perspectives which often take huge commitments to gain, rather than just selfies with her breakfast. She knows she spends a lot of time on her computer, but how else are you going to rack up 5,500 likes for a pic of Berg Lake?
“I find posting every two days seems to be my sweet spot,” she said.
Scott isn’t garnering attention because she’s got an itchy posting finger, however. Her account continues to bloom because her fellow photographers are sharing and liking her content. The creative simulation has her keen to take the next step in the industry—whatever that might be.
“I love teaching but I also love doing this stuff,” she says, looking up at a wall of photos she’s printed out and hung in her classroom. “I’m happiest when I’m outside.”