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By StaffOctober 24, 2012
One photographer’s rise on the photo-sharing app, Instagram.
Like one giant photo album being flicked through at berserk-speed, forever, Instagram documents life on Earth at the rate of 58 new images each second.
The photo-sharing program (that Facebook bought earlier this year for a cool USD 1 billion) is a simple proposition: take photos on your smartphone and share them to a dedicated social network. Lots of companies tried it, but Instagram, which allows you to fancy up your shots with appealing digital filters, got it right. More than 80 million people use the program, which is two years old this month.
In the swim with these mostly amateur snappers, Australian freelance photographer Mike Tsikas — username: @mickpix — stands out. He adds a single snapshot each day, filed under the hashtag, #streetsydney. In a world where the quotidian is never in danger of being overlooked, it’s as much the shots that Tsikas doesn’t take that sets his feed apart.
The program has helped democratise up-to-the-minute photo publishing in the way Twitter did for text, says Tsikas: “What Instagram and its ilk have done is to take the photo album out of the family cupboard and launch it into cyberspace, to be seen and commented on by the general public, and so to bring a new life to the Instagram user’s ‘story’.
“For the most part, Instagram images are not posted by professional photographers. Instead, they are posted to the site by Mr or Mrs Average who before used to take their roll of film to a photo processing lab and received a set of photographs – which were then dutifully placed in the family photo album and rarely saw the light of day again, other than for the odd outing for family friends and visitors.”
Follow Tsikas on Instagram @mickpix, or see his feed here.