Light chasers everywhere have been talking about Manhattanhenge, and those people living in it are able to share the experience with the world through their photos. Instagram’s Community Team does a great job of rallying people globally, giving their users a glimpse into the various microcosms around the world. I for one was transported to Manhattan when clicking through the many Instagram photos categorized as #Manhattanhenge.
In the age of digital communication, it’s easy for us to forget about the analog ancestors to some of our favorite digital tools. By working closely with the Children’s Creativity Museum’s C.I.T.Y. Teen Program I was reminded that analog is a foreign concept to many teens. It was during a conversation about the filters on Instagram that sparked the idea for the Analog Instagram exhibition. I was immediately inspired by their growing curiosity around these digital aesthetics, and designed a workshop to introduce the teens to the process behind these readymade filters.
Thanks to the generous support from the Lomography Gallery Store and Photobooth SF, these young photographers were equipped with all the necessary supplies. During our workshop we discussed basic photography rules, but mostly considered how we could use our analog cameras to communicate with the same immediacy as our cellphones. Their explorations in this new medium resulted in beautiful images with qualities unique to analog photography. I can’t wait to celebrate their efforts during tonight’s opening reception at Photobooth!