This Daytonian of the Week likely needs no introduction. If you’ve seen a beautiful picture in and/or of Dayton on social media lately, chances are you’ve come across the breathtaking work of David Suter, otherwise known as the mind (and faultless eye) of the astounding Instagram accounts @IGersDayton and @entropic. David’s photography brings a deeply profound beauty to the otherwise overlooked people and places of our city.
We caught up with David to discover what it is about Dayton that captures him and his lens.
Name: David Suter (known on Instagram as @entropic)
Job/Job Title: Electronics Technician; Photographer; founder and moderator of @IGersDayton
What's your favorite spot in Dayton?
The Oregon District in the rain.
What's your guilty pleasure?
A glass of bourbon and talking to strangers or a quiet room and music while I edit photos.
What's one word you think people would use to describe you?
Why did you decide to settle in Dayton?
I love the people in Dayton, the good, the lost, the ambiguous. They're all beautiful in different ways.
How did you get involved with @IGersDayton?
I started @IGersDayton because it felt like the photography community in Dayton had a big hole in it. I loved participating in other local communities built around similar pages. I just really wanted to see people connecting that way in our city. I took the idea to Tom Gilliam of @daytongram and his reaction made me feel like I was on the right track. He gave the whole project a giant push, and it wouldn't have been the same without his help.
What was the most challenging part of that?
The hardest part is to stay focused; life is full of distractions. It's finding time every day to comb through local contributions and stay consistent.
How did you push through the challenge?
I work on @IGersDayton in little bursts throughout the day. I rarely have an hour to just sit down and get it all sorted. I'll often repost community submissions while my bacon is cooking or while I'm in line at the bank.
What inspires you about Dayton?
Dayton has faced a lot of challenges as a community but what inspires me is the sheer number of individuals committed to making it better. Everywhere you look are small business owners working hard to get by because they are passionate about our city. It's that dedication and loyalty that continuously amazes me.
If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, what would it be?
I want the people outside of Dayton to see the beauty here in the city, both of the people and the city itself.