When a community based application like Instagram becomes popular, it connects the world in interesting ways. Pictures and photographs have always been great ‘focal’ if not vocal ways to communicate. What’s unique about a smartphone based app like Instagram is that it almost seduces you into taking that photo even if you aren’t in the deep end of the art.
Is it the filters? Maybe. Is it the ease of taking a photo and quickly sharing it? Could be. Or is it just the herd mentality? Who cares; as long as some really creative photos come out into the open from the Instagram world.
The easy worldwide appeal of Instagram has also meant that people are using the photo application in unique ways. Here’s a filtered look at the world around us with these five Instagram projects.
John Lennon had a dream. Yoko Ono has one too. ‘Smiles’ is a project started by her to document a smiling face snap of every human being on Earth. She wanted to make a film on that from way back in 1967. She would have had to collect a lesser number of smiles, but it would have been a gargantuan task. With today’s photo-sharing culture and the web it could be easier. Check out how the world is smiling on the global map.
How do I join: Upload a photo on Instagram or Twitter – add the hashtag #smilesfilm – add your geotag so that it comes on the map. That’s it! You can add to the 10754 smiles already collected.