About 3 years after everyone else, I’ve discovered Instagram and combined with the iPhone it’s a lot of fun. It takes me back to what I enjoyed about medium format film. I loved that square image on the ground glass providing the opportunity to meditate and see the world in unexpected ways. Twenty years ago it was a lot of work to shoot a few rolls of black and white film then go into the darkroom. I’d spend hours sometimes, whole weekends working for a keeper or two. Mostly I made 8×8 or 10×10 prints. Whoa! That’s 10×10 inches?
I’ve been immersed in the big print for so long I’ve nearly forgotten how nice the small photograph can be. The iPhone and Instagram are not an equal substitute for 120mm film but the freedom to explore and record without boatloads of time or cumbersome gear has been liberating and at 8×8, the prints can be quite nice.
The images below are posted automatically from my Instagram feed. They are not always posted the same day as created but they remain true to their time. Additionally, in keeping with the spirit of Instagram’s mobile milieu all photos are from an iPhone, sometimes an accessorized iPhone but only from iPhone. You know, for fun.