Instagrammification – but is it Art?

On June 17, 2013, in Opinion, by Curt Blanchard

Opinion by Curt Blanchard

I’m increasingly uneasy about a growing trend in filtered photographs. No, I’m not a Luddite, I’m a digital designer with a BFA in Illustration who is now much more comfortable working on my Mac than at a drawing board.

There is a blurry line that separates using your eye, mind, and creative skills to make a good photograph from merely clicking a button to drop a filter over a cameraphone photo. A slope has started to slip making it possible for casual smartphone users to take a photo, any ol’ photo, and saturate it, age it, convert it to black and white, or otherwise distort it and then post it online feeling hip.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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