Keepsy launches Instagram GalleryPosted: July 28, 2011
We think there’s a big story brewing with the transition to mobile photography…
There has been a *huge* increase in the number of people that had previously very little experience revealing their creative-side publicly, but have now amassed tens-of-thousands of loyal fans and supporters in a very short time. These are not just pros, but also students and homemakers that are suddenly producing art that is interesting and desirable to a worldwide community.
We’re also seeing people catching on that Instagram is much, much bigger than simply “Twitter for Pictures”. The Instagram platform enables a level of communication and community on par with and potentially even greater than Twitter (when you consider that it’s only 9 months old and only available on iPhone).
All of us mobile photographers — we may be at the beginning of a major revolution. For the first time in the history of mankind, almost anyone — with a cell phone & an internet connection — has the possibility of capturing a scene in any place in the world & of sharing it almost instantly with the rest of the (wired) planet. Technology can be a tool to enslave us, as Thoreau might say. But it can also be a tool for the People of the world to acquire more freedom & build more solidarity. We may be in a revolutionary process similar (in scales & effects) to the post Gutenberg revolution, with a multiplication of the possibility to spread books, knowledge, enlightenment, freedom & awareness— Eros Sana, Paris, France
I started using Instagram a while back when Japan was hit with the earthquake in March and everyone was very fearful and uneasy. At that time I took a peek at the Instagram popular feed and saw a photo of the Japanese national flag and the words “Pray for Japan”. Seeing this, I remember feeling deeply moved and at peace. I felt happiness knowing the world was tied together as one. At that time, more than words, I truly felt the magnificence of “Photo Communication”. — Koji Yokoyama, Tokyo, Japan