concentrate on complex renderings of buildings and infrastructure in her Washington, D.C. neighborhood.
Using and developing hashtags like #mobilearchitecture, #abstracture
and #Wickedflip, Reid has met a whole community of followers and
like-minded friends, allowing her to share her work with thousands of
people around the world. On Monday, she posted a photo of a D.C. building in front of a distorted blue sky
at 8:00 p.m. -- she edits her photos, sometimes for hours apiece, using
a variety of iPhone apps -- and by 8:30 p.m. it had collected more than
200 likes and a stream of comments.
"I became very, very quickly addicted," says Reid, who works
primarily as a web designer. "It's a fascinating phenomenon, unlike
anything. Something like Twitter -- that's a community, but its not such
a happy community, where people are all sharing their art and talking
about it, like [Instagram]."
Thousands of people like Reid have used Instagram to meet other
photographers experimenting with the medium, and even selling their
photos on sites like Instaprints. Reid's own "DCEmmy" Instagram account
now has almost 5500 followers, and she has exhibited her work in mobile
photography shows across the country.
But some visual-art purists are decrying the Instagram phenomenon,
which in a scant two and a half years has become one of the most popular
social networking sites on the web -- so popular that The Zuckerberg
himself recently snatched up the site for a cool ten figures. The site's
detractors lament the ease with which people can call themselves
"photographers" these days, simply by posting photos online using one of
the platform's many filters.
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