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Sep 12, 2014

Getting tagged with cool pictures of my books on Instagram never gets old. Makes me wonder why I even bother taking my own photos of them…

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Jul 01, 2014

Ways of Seeing Instagram

Isn’t it striking that the most-typical and most-maligned genres of Instagram imagery happen to correspond to the primary genres of Western secular art? All that #foodporn is still-life; all those #selfies, self-portraits. All those vacation vistas are #landscape; art-historically speaking, #beachday pics evoke the hoariest cliché of middle-class leisure iconography… Technology has so democratized image-making that it has put the artistic power once mainly associated with aristocrats—to stylize your image and project yourself to an audience as desirable—into everyone’s hands.

Wonderful post. (via Alan Jacobs)

Filed under: instagram

May 08, 2014

May 06, 2014

Wayne White’s Instagram might be the ultimate Show Your Work! example. So great.

Dec 27, 2013
I’ve found that Instagram works much like the movie business: You’re safe if you trade “one for them” with “one for yourself,” meaning for every photo of a book, painting or poem, I try to post a selfie with a puppy, a topless selfie or a selfie with Seth Rogen, because these are all things that are generally liked.

Jan 26, 2013
“The only one doing their job around here is this tree.” — @dallasclayton (via)

“The only one doing their job around here is this tree.” — @dallasclayton (via)

Oct 22, 2012

Photographers, embrace Instagram


Richard Koci Hernandez made this really nice video essay about why he loves Instagram filters on CNN.

As I’ve written before, “Making daily images — whether in a sketchbook or with an iPhone camera — makes people look closer at their worlds. And that’s a good thing.” A lot of the moaning you hear online somehow suggests that so many people taking photos is destroying photography, which, as Hernandez points out, is hogwash:

Photography is rooted in the rich culture of amateurism. What’s happening today is similar to the original proliferation of Kodak’s Brownie camera starting in 1900. An inexpensive and easy-to-use camera in every hand didn’t usher in the end of photography or automatically turn everybody into Richard Avedon.

And as far as filters being a form of “cheating,” let’s not forget that “cheating” has been part of photography since photography existed. I’ve always thought it’s best to think of photography not as capturing reality, but a matter of making images. The “truth” or “reality” of those images is based mostly on the context we put them in.

Hernandez says that because time will never bend or crack or fade his digital photos, “I add in the passage of time by using filters.” That’s an interesting take, but I like this take by Clive Thompson even more:

I think Instagram’s image-altering filters are a key part of my visual awakening, because they often take meh photographs and render them newly weird, making me look at the subjects in a new way… filtering makes me look at stuff with fresh eyes. The unaltered picture of that brownstone door was attractive enough; but after the Lomo filter I realized it reminded me of a Tardis. I began scrutinizing otherwise blasé stuff in my house, wondering, hmm, how would that look with a filter applied? […T]his, really, is what I love most about new communications tools. At their best, they encourage us to pay attention to our lives in new ways.

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Apr 03, 2012

On Instagram

Making daily images — whether in a sketchbook or with an iPhone camera — makes people look closer at their worlds. And that’s a good thing.

Filters? Filters are great. If I want reality, I’ll go stand at the DMV.

The same people who complain about Instagram filters would tell Jimi Hendrix to get rid of his distortion pedals. “Keep it real, Jimi!”

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Feb 05, 2012
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