Instagram has totally sky rocketed over the past few years and is getting bigger than ever. Being the home of the ultimate hashtagging behaviour Instagram plays the main part in development my collage of real life and online life overlapping. Here are the drawings that I created for the after effects graphic included in the video. These graphics were used for the end of the Instagram in real life video to reveal the purpose of the video and how it shows the process of taking a picture in real life and uploading it to the online world. The study of Instagram pictures and The hash tag culture that has developed is interesting because for an app which is meant to be all about the image has now become all about the words, which is why the video ends with all the hashtags and the overlapping of voices and blacks out. From my “indirect observations” (Wilson 2002), I was able to see that people were using the word “hashtag” in day to day conversation. This is actually one of the social media addiction signs . It seems so bizarre that people have different views about everything and feel the need to share it but realistically everyone has one view and that is that they want to be viewed by others….
This quotation of the meaning of the word “sonder” summed up quite nicely what this project aims to represent. The life behind what we initially see. Taking Instagram pictures, Facebook posts, Tweets, and looking at how they combine to create an overview of the lives we lead raises the question of how the media is allowing for us to glamourise our own lives… what we see online is far from what we see in real life. This portfolio collection will show the contrast.
Seeing something from all angles. There is a whole hidden story behind the world in which we see in front of us.
Inspired by the works of David Hockney, the interactive joiner image of an offline and online world could be interesting to explore. I think the strong image shown by still joiner images really gets across how looking at the same object but from lots of different angles gives a totally different impression of such object. This offers further understanding as to what is meant when I discuss how people respond and react differently to what other individuals post online, i.e. preconceived ideas about traditional online protocols. For example, the selfie – people who take selfies are commonly described as vain or attention seeking but in reality they are not like that at all.
Some joiner image examples:
Further Idea Development:
- Creating an interactive joiner image. A joiner image is where lots of photographs are taken of the same object from one viewpoint, giving a strong end result that offers a distorted and quirky final image.
- Create a social joiner image of one location, made up of layers based on what is posted about that given environment.
- Instead of trying to tell the story using social media channels (like the original Hashtag Life), this would let social media do the talking for itself, allowing for the audience to “be the story” without really realising.
- This would represent how connected we have actually become – and how without the internet we might fail to position ourselves physically as well as socially.