Thursday, August 1, 2013

Using Instagram for photo essay

I have been recently active in Instagram. Firstly, there is no need to worry about viewers or photographers frowning upon my pixelated or low-resolution photos. I have been using non-HD, old DSLR. For instance, Flickr and 500px showcase crystal clear, extremely high-definition photographs.

Secondly, a "like" or two in Instagram is addicting. Seeing the heart in the app notification is so much better than Facebook's "thumb up" icon.

Lastly, photos posted by people are realistic, like an essay of their daily lives: what they see, eat or feel.

Below are my posts in Instagram with some thoughts I started to write off when the long, summer was stopped by the rain and chill wind.


Comparatively, these shapes and colors have relaxing effect, than "Tine" melk, IsTe Zero, Iskaffe Zero (respectively, milk, iced tea and iced coffee—products of a "big cheese" brand Tine. Three months in Norway, the pearly white teeth and square jaws of the models in train station print ad spaces have gradually locked my gaze straight ahead, ignoring these rectangular ads plastered like 4 to 6 in a row. But I'm no marketing mogul. Maybe surrounding people with same ads 360 degrees is effective. A website with ads in all corners is definitely not so appealing. Asian dude is helplessly having too much expectations: classic or modern and sophisticated European train stations. Just like the pictures in the books the white guys donated in Asian public schools. Location: #Oslo t-bane (train station).#Norway #advertising #PrintAds #commercialism#RainMakesMeThinkOfEconomics


A few months ago, I was an excited Filipino dropped in Norway so suddenly that I felt no worry at all owing to the mutual security the US dollars had have given me. Unbelievably, my childhood impression of "superhero" US dollars became a worse lie that I grew up to believe to. US dollar is weak in Norway—its buying power is as low as a sun setting behind the low hills. So the Asian dude ran to Tiger store, a cool but cheap store in the outskirt of Oslo. Scalp-scraping hair comb, chocolate, eraser (that refused to get rid of pencil sketches) and chocolate beverage (that seemed to be 90% sugar, water and 10% cacao), all from Sweden: not bad for $18. #Norway #USDollar#RainMakesMeThinkOfEconomics



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