December 15, 2013

“An Instagram Short Film”

Thomas Jullien writes,

Instagram is an incredible resource for all kinds of images. I wanted to create structure out of this chaos. The result is a crowd source short-film that shows the endless possibilities of social media.

The video consists of 852 different pictures, from 852 different instagram users. If you are one of them, shout and I will add you to the credits.

Noting the eerie similarity of the photos, PetaPixel writes, “That’s great when you’re trying to create a seamless, crowdsourced hyperlapse journey around famous landmarks, but it stings a bit when you realize that your photos of *insert famous monument here* probably look the exact same as everybody else’s.”


Posted by John Nack at 7:58 AM on December 15, 2013


  • Alex — 12:19 PM on December 15, 2013

    This is where I find the ‘new’ things that can be done with social media turns into a waste of effort and time, if the purpose is too communicate ideas and thoughts in a form that promotes quality methods of technology. This for one- the flashing of images at hyper speed does not provoke thought or new ideas or even avant garde art. It is just ‘flashing images’. Can anyone offer a reasonable reason why this is in any way great? Just my personal opinion now. After watching this and many I have seen none have left any memories in my mind. sorry.

  • Daf — 5:45 AM on December 16, 2013

    Seen a few like this. Seems to be a case of once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.
    Not impressed.

  • Peter — 9:26 PM on December 17, 2013

    Well executed. But, are there copyright issues here? Legally or morally, is it really okay to take individual Instragrammers images and say, hey, let me know if it’s yours? And are the Black Keys cool with this? BTW, great song…

  • Peter Horn — 6:37 PM on December 19, 2013

    @Peter. That is the real problem. No one can do anything without someone else raising all sorts of reasons why it couldn’t / shouldn’t be done or that it has already been done and IWW need to rush off to the next something. You for legal and moral reasons and the other two because they set the standard for new ideas. To address your specific issue though, if the black keys or anyone else has a legal issue they can send the guy a takedown notice. Till then why not just enjoy the post. The comment about how my shots end up looking pretty much like everyone elses was actually really though provoking actually.

  • Beau — 3:06 PM on December 22, 2013

    “…but it stings a bit when you realize that your photos of *insert famous monument here* probably look the exact same as everybody else’s.”

    makes me think of these:

    • John Stevenson — 8:24 AM on December 23, 2013

      Thanks for that link – for me that work is far more intriguing than the Instagram-based movie. The spirit of the place is captured way better (and the impressionism is, for once, all photographic …).

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