Sunday June 27, 2016
This week we focused on the analysis of a modern day form of digital art — Instagram. Applications such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and numerous others have allowed users to create personal profiles or galleries that include the ability to: post photos, videos, statues, hashtags, comments, likes and the list goes on. Individuals express through these forms while the world watches. Specific applications such as Instagram have extended its opportunities to businesses and artists as well. Companies are now able to market through their photos and see a direct response from the consumers through comments and likes. Artists are able to show their work to the world through a simple post, creating a higher influence through the messages behind each intricate piece.
Instagram is also valuable for its ease and practicality of networking with friends and family. We exercised this ability to network with our classmates by posting our own photos and checking out the posted work of the other students. After a single day I learned new characteristics about my classmates that intrigued me. Especially because this is an online course and we have only interact through online messaging, it can be difficult to get a real sense of what a person is like. Instagram — as well as other applications– has become a valuable way to getting to know someone.
Some of my classmates posts that caught my eye included Lisa Bernhauser and her sketch on, Sansa Stark, a character from the television series Game of Thrones. I actually keep thinking of Bernhauser’s sketch when I watch the show. She was able to create that almost uneasy, mysterious look that Sansa always has on her face. Another classmate, Kevin Alipour, posted a photo of a meal he prepared which happened to a traditional Persian dish — as one of my favorite dishes — consisting of grilled tomatoes and rack of lamb. He truly captured the powerful colors in the photo.
I typically use Instagram to post photos of different landscapes or beaches I visit. It’s similar to a blog in the sense that people often post about their daily personally lives and thoughts. I battled cancer a little over a year and would post updates throughout my chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I received a lot of support from friends, family and even strangers on my posts. It also led to me support other cancer fighters that I had never met in person. It shows how powerful these modern applications, like Instagram, can be. As an artist, Instagram is a way to be inspired or inspire other artist.