Compressing a scene into such a limited square ratio like that of Instagram and still get amazing aesthetics is something that deserves much credit.
When it was first introduced, I was intrigued by Instagram because of the filters and the film looks it could render. Initially, the square ratio was something extremely hard for me to digest even though it produced great results to enjoy when done right.
Instagram allows people to share visual content through the mobile application. Historically, one of its distinctive features was that it forced people to use a square format of 1:1, which is similar to photographs done with the famous Polaroid SX-70 and Kodak Instamatic cameras. Filters are also an iconic feature of the app.
Even though both the ratio and filter usage are iconic marks of Instagram, there are many photographers who use different aspect ratios as well as images that go beyond Instagram filters. This includes both nonfilter images direct from the camera, and images post-processed in other software besides Instagram’s built-in engine.
New York based Mobile street photographer Anton Kawasaki illustrate the great experiences the daily public transportation system has to offer when doing street photography. I remember the work of Walker Evans when watching his work, a following must indeed.
Even when Instagram's life has been accredited to smartphone photography, the platform allows posting images taken with anything online. Some photographers keep themselves inside the scope of just shooting with a phone, and their work is solid evidence that Smartphone photography can be taken pretty serious. Hannibal Renberg is one of those amazing photographers you can find on Instagram.
If you ever wanted to define solitude with images, maybe you should stop and browse the amazing pictures Rob Warhurst shares with us through his Instagram account. Not everything in his account spin around this topic, but the consistency he gives to many of his photographs, has gained my eyes.
While curating my list on Instagram Urban Photographers, I've seen a lot of recurrences on rain, reflections and windows. Paola's approach on them is simply different, and as many other photographers, she publishes a various sort of subjects she finds on the street. Self-determined to find the unseen within every day, Paola Franqui is an amazing street photographer that shares not just her vision but also a very important of her workflow with her Lightroom Presets.
Cocu Liu invites us to a visual feast of experiences he founds in his hometown San Francisco. From candid photography, to beautiful landscapes. He knows for sure that the best camera, is that is always with you, and he has found that in his trusty phone. The sense of scale found in his images is a pretty unique thing on Instagram.
Talented and creative, with a unique voice and plasticity, Marina Sersale shares with the world her formidable encounters with life. She uses Instagram to post a couple of times a week the picturing worthy moments that stumble into her life. Follow her to get a glimpse of what capturing the decisive moment really is.
It is hard to believe that so broad styles come from just one person. His images are a curious statement about urban life. I guess there is a reason behind his choice of publishing with a couple of solid and consistent color recurrences, almost like he works on specific color scripts for a reason. Follow him and maybe you'll decipher the reason why.
This account is really bold and edgy, a true expression of what a creative mind can make when wandering the streets.
Consistency is something many photographers should work on, especially in this contemporary world where there exists so many great content online. Jomayra has a unique and well defined vision, and if you love the rainy mood, you'll definitely love her work. Just look at the featured photo below, please; it is an absolutely amazing street photograph, and a great example of good street photography done in color as well.
Anthony has been making images with his phone since 2010, and its subject consistency is pretty solid. You can find street photographs and even urban landscapes with a great look on his profile.
Street Photographer Linda Wisdom has an amazing eye for urban photographer. With splashes of color once in a while, her photos function like a close eye into the marvels of everyday life. Her minimalist approach on subjects and incredible composition care give her images the nature of a fabulous gift to the eyes. Follow her, and you won't be disappointed at any time.
With the aperture of Instagram to other ratios apart from the square 1:1 format of its early days, Luis Cárdenas immerse his followers in the foreign cultures he has visited in recent time. Color consistent and with a social documentary mindset, he is a must.
Chris Connolly maneuvers a wide arrange of styles, and is a complete joy to follow. Some of his work may even fit into what Contemporary Art is defined for.
As any innovation in photography, Instagram has been criticized and even rejected by many photographers. The main criticism has been around the overwhelming amount of images posted online daily by its everyday growing population. Nevertheless, we have found that Instagram is a great place for seeking and following inspiration.