Instagram connects iPhone photographers worldwide
Since the Instagram iPhone App launched last year, it has built up a social photo-sharing community that now commands 10 million followers worldwide. Allowing people to share and connect through accessible photography has sent the iPhone camera geeks wild with self expression.
As with any online community, when enough momentum is reached the virtual moves into the physical, and in the case of Instagram that happened last year with groups of “IG’ers” meeting up in locations all over the world. New friendships formed through technology, with geeky creatives finding each other in the images they snap and manipulate with their iPhones to share and discuss. “It’s a virtual, massively scaled real life space for connecting people” (@millwallben on Instagram).
All this buzz, tech, and creativeness sparked the UK’s first Instagram exhibition this weekend in London’s Brick Lane. The exhibition has has attracted large crowds of people to view the funky and abstract square photos plastered on walls, boards, iPads and even a Millwall football shirt to boot at the East Gallery in London’s Brick Lane district.
Dave Chapman (@davechapman on Instagram) said “That we did this first and for most for us, to have the experience of showing what we do on an iPhone app in the real world, I’m so incredibly excited, and proud of what we’ve achieved!”
As the pre-exhibition buzz grew, it found its first celebrity in Jamie Oliver, who has contributed his images and has over a 100k followers on Instragram. His work and the work of the rest of the 30 strong collective can be seen until Sunday evening at the East Gallery 214 Brick Lane, London, UK.
Instagram is the best tool that iPhone photographers have found to connect to each other worldwide.