Enjoy this look at the crazy bustling bubble of Tokyo by prolific image maker and roving New Zealander; Tim Lambourne of The Shutter Pirates.
I love his commentary about his use of instagram as a medium to document, share, connect and explore and I think we can all relate the dramatic U-turn he experienced in his opinion of the app!!
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“About this time, two years ago, I got an email from Julia asking if I wanted to contribute to a series of posts she was doing.
I like Studio Home, I like taking photos as well as writing words and I’m very vain so contributing to her blog was a no-brainer.
The series was a peek into people’s homes and environments shot entirely on Instagram.
I wasn’t that into Instagram at the time. I thought it was self-involved, lame and doing a disservice to photography.
Now, you gotta remember, this was the 2012. It was a different time. Free love was in the air, conformity was being rejected and hundreds of thousands of soul seeking wanderers had made their way to upstate New York for the inaugural Woodstock music festival.
I saw myself firmly as a not square, and like, only squares use Instagram, man.
I asked if Joe (my photography partner over at theshutterpirates.com) and I could contribute our posts on like, 35mm film. Because that’s real, man.
Julia, kindly, pointed out that the post was based around showcasing Instagram as a visual medium.
We agreed to go our separate ways, and I never contributed to that series.
About four months later I got my first iPhone, joined Instagram, fell in love with it and uttered lame ass self-serving phrases that no one really listened to like …”Instagram’s actually pretty cool, like, if you’re a photo person, it’s really great for that.”
Fast forward two years and Instagram now competes with 35mm camera for my photographic attention. More often than not it wins. I love it. I love posting photos. I love liking photos. I love looking at photos of pretty girls, cool clothes and awesome spaces, or, if I’m lucky, pretty girls wearing cool clothes in awesome spaces.
I emailed Julia with my digital hat in hand, asking if I could make amends and contribute some of the Instagram photos I had shot on my phone camera machine.
Julia, malevolent and wonderful Julia, agreed.
Here, for you, are eight photographs of my new home, Tokyo, shot on a Samsung Galaxy S5, which really is a remarkable form of modern camera, and put through a series of filters.
I’m currently based in Mishuku, one stop from Shibuya (famous for Shibuya Crossing, that giant intersection you often see in movies, ads and tour-diary style music videos from bands doing their first world tour). ”