#Instalife: How is Instagram altering our practices and understanding of photography?

Instagram is a social, mobile photography app. They have 100 million monthly active users, and 40 million Instagram photos are posted per day. Purchased by the leviathan of social media that is Facebook in 2012, Instagram seems to be some kind of “big deal”.

From a commercial perspective, Instagram is an immensely easy-t0-use and popular social platform, and its default setting of making all images open the public makes it eminently available for market research (for example: I can search the tag “#target” and tap into what people are thinking and reacting to about Target and their stores). Instagram is also an excellent medium for brands and celebrities to communicate directly and intimately with their fans. Images are in many ways the language of the commercial world, and Instagram is a platform catered directly to that language.

Above and beyond the “market value” of Instagram, it is also…

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17 Playful Doodles that Incorporate Everyday Objects

TwistedSifter

 

Javier Pérez aka cintascotch, is an artist and illustrator from Guayaquil, Ecuador. A few times a week, Pérez shares a new doodle with his 20,000 Instagram followers. Each doodle incorporates everyday objects like paper clips, coins and scissors. The doodles transform the objects into something completely new and different.

It’s a fun and creative way to look at an object, even seemingly mundane ones, and reimagine them as something else. To see more playful diversions, be sure to check out Javier’s work at the links below.

 

Javier Pérez (cintascotch)
Website | Facebook | Behance | Twitter | Instagram

 

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Artwork by Javier Pérez (cintascotch)
Website | Facebook | Behance | Twitter | Instagram

 

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Artwork by Javier Pérez (cintascotch)
Website | Facebook | Behance | Twitter | Instagram

 

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Artwork by Javier Pérez (cintascotch)
Website | Facebook | Behance | Twitter | Instagram

 

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The Three Best Korean-Americans Ever

Girl Growing Brighter

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In 1994, Margaret Cho was the first Asian-American person I’d ever seen on TV.  

Scratch that.

She was amongst the first 10 Korean people I’d seen in my entire life.  The sum of which included my immediate family members, two cousins, and a few family friends.*  

The first time I saw her was on a New Year’s Eve show.  She told a joke about a white lady on the plane asking her, “What do you Asians like to do on NYE?”  It was a joke about representation — about being asked to speak for millions of people around the world who were actually from dozens of distinct cultures — when in fact she was just as much a US native as the woman asking the question.  At the time, I didn’t have this analysis.  I only knew that she gave my injustice a voice.

Margaret Cho’s mere public…

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