On Instagram from a Photographer’s Point of View

by Jordan Frankenthaler, Photography Intern

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Photo taken by Jordan Frankenthaler, Intern

Photography has interested me for almost my entire life. I remember shooting photos on a Polaroid camera, quickly putting the undeveloped photos in my pocket, and waiting a few minutes until the photo is ready. Now, everyone (including me) has a camera on his or her phone and taking and sharing photos has become much easier. Services like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Vine allow users to (sometimes artistically) show their entire lives to the world.

One of my favorite services, however, is the photo sharing app, Instagram. Instagram is interesting in that one can share photos with the option of not sharing words. This focuses the viewer’s attention and puts more emphasis on the photo. This makes Instagram unique in that people can tell stories without words, only using images. When I took my first photography class, the first thing my teacher made the class do was convey a meaning, tell a story with only images. It was one of the most helpful creative exercise that I ever did because it forced me to think about what each photo said. That’s why Instagram is so important to me; it just reinforces that exercise’s meaning. It drives creativity and forces users to think about what they are showing the world.

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