Iconic Images through the Lens of Instagram

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Iconic Images through the Lens of Instagram

Andrew Emond wrote over to share his project, Mastergram. The project revolves around the iPhone photography app, Instagram, and its use of filters to enhance (or detract from) photographic composition.

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At Mastergram, he applies the digital filters to iconic images taken by highly regarded photographers, for better or for worse, in order to comment on how these effects affect our perceptions of art.

Andrews says, "Instagram has a tendency to make many photographs more interesting than they actually are. The retro film effects prey on our sense of nostalgia, making even the most run-of-the-mill, poorly composed photograph appear to be something timeless and worth further attention."

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Design, mastergram, photography
Design, mastergram, photography
Design, mastergram, photography
Design, mastergram, photography
Design, mastergram, photography
Design, mastergram, photography
Design, mastergram, photography
Design, mastergram, photography
Design, mastergram, photography

"If the Instagram effect can make mundane images appear to be works of art, what happens when we apply the same filters to images that have historically been held in high regard? Is the imagery degraded or enhanced as a result? Does the effect add a new layer of meaning to the photo?" These are some interesting questions that I sometimes find myself considering when exploring and using the app. What do you think, for better or for worse, mask or enhancement?

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Ward Andrews

Ward Andrews

Hi, I'm Ward Andrews. I started Design.org in 2009, you can read about why here. Thanks for participating in the Design.org Community. I also run an interactive agency called Drawbackwards. I love basketball, electronic music and creating experiences that improve daily life. You can follow me on Twitter @wardandrews.

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