What about my Instagram profile?

by María Magdalena Ziegler

Most people have an Instagram profile these days. This popular app inhabits in almost every smartphone in the world. Launched in October 2010 and created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, it’s over 400 million users already (April 2016). Around 40 billion photos has been shared at a rate of 80 million photos per day. With these numbers any photo one publish can be easily be lost in the wide ocean of Instagram photos.

That made me think about how pointless it could be to publish any photo to express anything beyond my little circle of friends and acquaintances. Immediately, my second thought was in favor of showing beautiful details of famous (and not so famous) works of art in a neat close up. I began to publish a few pics keeping that in mind and asking everyone “Have you seen ______ lately?”.

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My numbers in terms of followers are pretty low, but I have hope people would notice how many beautiful details they are missing from any art piece. They might have looked at the Monalisa several times, but probably  they have never noticed how beautiful her hands are. They might have seen a Roger van der Weyden piece in some museum, but they have never noticed the tears in the eyes of the Virgin Mary. They might have looked at Vermeer’s “Girl with pearl earring” dozens of times, but probably never noticed how he lightened up her lips with a single stroke.

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So if you are interested in detail, art and art history… look me up on Instagram. I will be glad to have you around: @Z1z1Chan.

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[ A Life With Leica ]

Thorsten von Overgaard, a Danish writer and photographer, born in 1965, specializing in portrait & documentary photography. He is also an educator and loves to write about photography… you can get to know him better at his very own web site.

A Life With Leica from Northpass Media on Vimeo.

Filmed over 7 days – A Life With Leica explores the philosophy behind Danish photographer Thorsten von Overgaard as he practices his craft throughout the streets of Rome, Italy.

Creative // Northpass Media
Executive Producer // Kurt Bangert
Director-DP // RH Bangert
Cinematographer // Zach Dierks
Editor // Jon Quigg
Production Coordinator // Luca Fortunato Asquini
Gaffer // Luca Martis
Locations // Luca Fortunato Asquini
Title Design and Motion // Jon Quigg
Color Grade // Taylre Jones
Composer // Sam Billen
Music Consultant // Dan Billen
Driver // Marco Taglioni