One of the classes I took this semester at The Seattle School was called Theology and the Artistic Impulse. Basically a class about the theology of creativity and imagination and art and the final assignment of the class was supposed to be an art project based on some of the material from class.
I decided to talk about how Instagram has gotten me back in touch with my former love of photography which has also led me to be more intentional about noticing the beauty that exists all around me, capturing it, and sharing it with my friends via this little app on my phone.
You can see the results of project here.
This is one of the first pictures I took with Instagram. I was still learning what the various filters did. One of them is called Lux. It pops the contrast and changes the lighting curves. It’s kind of extreme and so I don’t like using it anymore, but back when I was getting started, it was fun to experiment with.
This photo was taken on the same day as the previous one. As I mentioned in my About page, I have far more experience using a 2:3 aspect ratio. With this photo, I was beginning to learn new ways of balancing images in a square format. Whereas in a rectangular photo, you can balance things on the left and right sides of the image, with a square format, doing that makes the picture look far too static and rigid. Here, I was learning to think diagonally – balancing the ship in one corner with the patch of blue sky in the other.
Again, I used the Lux filter on this image. In this case, I actually think it works. One of the things I love about this photo is how the rigid lines of the grain elevator contrasts with the airy clouds behind them and the Lux filter really brings that out.
I also like how the grain elevator divides the image into different pieces, giving it a kind of frame-within-a-frame feel – again, this is me learning to work with (rather than against) Instagram’s square format.
Taken the same day as the previous photo, this is basically 180 degrees around from the grain elevator – it’s where the grain gets transported to and stored. I like the muted colors and how the dark sky in the upper-left and lower-right-hand corners gives it a kind of psuedo-vignette look. The yellow crane is also a nice contrasting detail.
I’ve found that including receding lines helps give depth to square format images. The vignetting in the sky is the result of one of Instagram’s filters. I also like that I got a bird in the photo.
Taken the same day as the previous photo.
This is probably one of my favorites. Again, converging lines lends depth to the image, but I love how it converges in a bright patch of golden sunlight. The yellow leaves around the sunlight lends warmth to the image.
I also like that the diverging path off to the right keeps the image from looking too static, too perfectly balanced.