Intensive Production | Consolidating Ideas

Further Edits | Image Processing


Intensive Production – Initial Rough Timeline:

I have created a very rough timeline of the Intensive Production submissions, in order to make sense of the timescale I have in order to create my production…

Key Points & Consolidating my idea…

General Thoughts…

  • Potentially make a critique of social media as a format or encounter
  • Professionally produced images, consider different aspect ratio’s… Changing Encounters, what happens when we see this image as a really large and glossy print, detailed print; not just as a flat and compressed image behind a screen [How does this relationship change]
  • Consider Role Play as a medium for exploration, am I creating a social media account; Sarcastic but critical engagements?
  • Adopting an Instagram ‘Hipstergram’ Aesthetic?
  • Research into Visualising data sets?
  • Conduct more research into Instagram Hashtags?
  • Listing Visual Cues from each image or Hashtag [Narcissm + Consumption]
  • Consider some autoethnographic reflection on Instagram
  • Consider use of videos [See Presentation ppt]

Social Media (Especially Instagram!) Hashtag Analysis:

#Insta, #Holiday [Hotdog Legs], #Audi,  #Volkswagen, #Lifestyle, #Luxury, #Starbucks, #CostaCoffee

I will attempt to analyse a set of hashtags that may broadly feed into or supplement ideas around identity, narcism and consumption. (Date 27th February 2018)

More Research:


“Hashtags were created by Twitter as a means of organizing content and now are found on many social media channels like Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and others. Using hashtags on Instagram and elsewhere helps users tag content of a particular subject with the # symbol to organize and categorize messages or photos.”

  • “If your Instagram account is public, anyone searching for a hashtag you used will be able to see your content. This is one method of gaining more engagement for your photos and more followers for your account.
  • Don’t overuse hashtags with your photos, make sure to use three to five max per photo.
  • Only use hashtags that are relevant to your photo, don’t use them to only gain more likes or followers. This can quickly become a spam tactic if abused.”

“Using data compiled by Instagram management platform  Webstagram,  here’s the list of top 100 most popular hashtags on Instagram as of today. Take a look and see which hashtags can be naturally incorporated into your photos.”

1. #love – 143,817,139 photos
2. #instagood – 97,570,915 photos
3. #me – 80,693,198 photos
4. #tbt – 75,411,509 photos
5. #cute – 75,047,873 photos
6. #photooftheday – 70,995,806 photos
7. #instamood – 64,925,462 photos
8. #beautiful – 54,570,181 photos
9. #picoftheday – 53,776,027 photos
10. #igers – 52,997,258 photos
11. #girl – 52,960,538 photos
12. #instadaily – 51,313,415 photos
13. #iphonesia – 51,124,375 photos
14. #follow – 46,372,281 photos
15. #tweegram – 44,656,230 photos
16. #happy – 43,360,681 photos
17. #summer – 42,718,347 photos
18. #instagramhub – 42,101,798 photos
19. #bestoftheday – 40,202,550 photos
20. #iphoneonly – 39,287,795 photos
21. #igdaily – 36,932,129 photos
22. #fashion – 35,815,277 photos
23. #webstagram – 35,073,684 photos
24. #picstitch – 34,965,202 photos
25. #nofilter – 34,196,209 photos
26. #sky – 33,913,231 photos
27. #jj – 33,899,949 photos
28. #followme – 33,865,057 photos
29. #fun – 33,069,338 photos
30. #smile – 30,236,252 photos
31. #like – 29,636,123 photos
32. #pretty – 27,687,567 photos
33. #sun – 27,583,417 photos
34. #food – 27,409,451 photos
35. #instagramers – 26,197,524 photos
36. #friends – 26,182,561 photos
37. #lol – 24,989,254 photos
38. #hair – 22,859,451 photos
39. #bored – 21,586,314 photos
40. #swag – 21,569,900 photos
41. #cool – 21,370,212 photos
42. #funny – 20,780,049 photos
43. #onedirection – 20,410,001 photos
44. #life – 20,334,119 photos
45. #nature – 20,266,828 photos
46. #family – 19,848,462 photos
47. #christmas – 19,542,006 photos
48. #my – 18,660,172 photos
49. #blue – 18,489,451 photos
50. #pink – 17,953,933 photos
51. #dog – 17,943,442 photos
52. #beach – 17,670,037 photos
53. #art – 17,538,396 photos
54. #hot – 17,384,494 photos
55. #tagsforlikes – 17,089,894 photos
56. #photo – 16,794,388 photos
57. #amazing – 15,979,281 photos
58. #repost – 15,893,445 photos
59. #girls – 15,820,604 photos
60. #instahub – 15,466,981 photos
61. #sunset – 15,426,384 photos
62. #party – 15,419,737 photos
63. #awesome – 15,292,933 photos
64. #red – 15,223,775 photos
65. #baby – 14,963,775 photos
66. #statigram – 14,813,215 photos
67. #black – 14,756,443 photos
68. #versagram – 14,670,529 photos
69. #cat – 14,587,895 photos
70. #music – 14,582,697 photos
71. #instalove – 14,561,589 photos
72. #likeforlike – 14,451,644 photos
73. #night – 14,371,566 photos
74. #followback – 13,602,164 photos
75. #throwbackthursday – 13,395,605 photos
76. #clouds – 13,228,789 photos
77. #white – 12,911,807 photos
78. #bestfriend – 12,393,864 photos
79. #yummy – 12,388,898 photos
80. #yum – 12,280,256 photos
81. #like4like – 12,151,613 photos
82. #textgram – 12,025,992 photos
83. #eyes – 12,014,859 photos
84. #green – 11,927,125 photos
85. #2012 – 11,722,646 photos
86. #sweet – 11,696,715 photos
87. #all_shots – 11,652,778 photos
88. #school – 11,642,671 photos
89. #igaddict – 11,568,790 photos
90. #style – 11,470,768 photos
91. #i – 11,304,169 photos
92. #beauty – 11,016,473 photos
93. #harrystyles – 11,009,421 photos
94. #instacollage – 10,942,042 photos
95. #jj_forum – 10,905,037 photos
96. #foodporn – 10,647,412 photos
97. #nice – 10,633,312 photos
98. #boy – 10,414,825 photos
99. #instago – 10,314,053 photos

100. #best – 10,271,100 photos

Instagram | Social Media Style & Aesthetics [Bloggers]

Here is a selection of bloggers that appear to encapsulate the kind of aesthetic appearances and symbolic layouts within their images. Although these bloggers are not exclusively on Instagram, these individuals all post very high-quality, glossy and vibrant images that are aesthetically appealing, most images are meticulously laid out and constructed in such a way that they are satisfying to look at and to visually consume. However, on another level, I also feel that to some degree, these images act as micro still lives that collectively act to denote and symbolise a particular kind of lifestyle and identity that is bolstered by luxury, high-class, leisureful and glamorous lifestyles. Each image is meticulously constructed, with an immaculate attention to detail, each photograph is very knowing and conscious of the act of photographing for attention. It is interesting to mention that it is images such as this feature such high-production values are blurring the boundaries between domestic and commercial advertising. Increasingly, advertisers and companies are increasingly taking up marketing on social media sites due to the changing and dynamic human behabiours. There is a selection of blogs that feature this particularly polished and perfectly immaculate aesthetics.



In The Frow | ‘The Importance of Pampering’

Write a micro analysis, including relevance…


Instagram Performativity & New Identity

It is interesting to mention that in a completely mundane and unrelated way, I stumbled across an Instagram profile called ‘Lil Miquela’. It is interesting to acknowledge that images and content featured under this account alias almost solely includes CGI imagery. Squier (2016) notes that “Lil Miquela whose Instagram account, having amassed over 58,000 followers in about three months, is causing a pretty big stir. Her mere existence is has left a lot of people, very confused, trying to figure out exactly what she is. Because Lil Miquela’s account might have selfies, pictures with friends, everyday life and classic memes but she is not a human..” (Squire, 2016) Although it is clear from images posted on this account that ‘Lil Miquela’ is not strictly human, but rather sits in the realm of Computer Generated Avatar/Imagery, however, it is interesting to stay with this idea around performativity. I think it is really interesting that a predominantly human platform is now being used in new and alternative ways; as the rise of cyborology and computer, citizenship takes hold in contemporary life. Despite this, no-one appears to definitively know exactly what ‘Lil Miquela’ is, some feel that this is account is linked with CGI imagery, others feel that this is a real person who is just heavily Photoshopped. It is interesting that accounts and phenomena such as this are increasingly blurring the boundaries between identity, humanness and cyborg lifeforms.

Squier states “Whatever she is, Lil Miquela has blurred even further the already very hazy boundaries between reality and virtual or augmented reality.” (Squier, 2016)

I  discovered this account, and I just had to slip it in here.. Especially as I am really interested in the idea of role play and performativity within social networking sites!. What a gold mine!

Artist & Photographic Research

David Samuel Stern | Woven Portraits

Broklyn Based, David Samuel Stern is a photographer that adopts seemingly unconventional approaches to photography as a medium, whilst playfully examine the materiality of photographs. He also specializes in analog photo, drawing and portraiture. He takes several shots of the same subject and then carefully dismantles, and then reconstructs them.

This collection of portraits is the result of physically weaving together prints that portray the same subject. “They are an attempt to bridge dignified, direct portraits with a sort of abstraction that allows their subjects to hide within themselves and the photographs to be distinctly physical objects. In hiding some things, we reveal others.” (David Samuel Stern, 2018) The resulting process creates stunning visual effects whilst also create a hybrid sense of depth and texture. ”

With a light and airy palette, these breathtaking photographic prints become ghosts of themselves, two versions or the same person. Two different emotions are often present, creating an interesting dichotomy of the internal character. We are seeing two sides of the subjects, as the weaving alters and skews our perspective. Stern’s highly original technique abstracts the portraits so that they seem to be caught in mid motion. Both original images become blurred after they are combines by weaving. The once crisp photographic prints are transformed by their alteration, creating a painterly atmosphere. David Samuel Stern’s method is simple yet powerful, exposing two sides of each of his subjects.” (Nafziger, C. (2015).

Nerhol | Misunderstanding Focus 

This body of work is actually created by an artistic duo that operates under the alias ‘Nerhol’. The collaboration is undertaken by Yoshihisa Tanaka who is responsible for the creation of ideas and Ryuta Iida who sculps them. The two artist come from a creative background such as graphic design and fine art, their work embodying a desire to deepen understanding of conceptual art whilst playfully experimenting with new means of artistic expression. Both artists are interested in unpicking ideas around visual language by deconstructing and reassembling 2D art into 3D in ways that invite audiences to explore new possibilities and encounters with conceptual and artistic expression.

Hoshino, F. (2012) review of ‘Misunderstanding Focus states that “Simply put, these artists undertake at least three processing steps: after converting a three-dimensional face into a two-dimensional portrait, they translate the latter into a three-dimensional sculpture, which in turn is made into a two-dimensional portrait.”

It is really interesting to mention that during this process, the artists photograph their subjects with a long exposure of around three minutes asking that they try to remain static over the course of each exposure.

“These are not destined to be presented side-by-side but rather as a 30 mm high stack of printed papers. In this way, “an original face” (A) is converted into “a two-dimensional face” (B), the latter being subsequently transformed into “a three-dimensional layered face” (C).” (Hoshino, 2012). The resulting images capture and depict the three-minute exposure that reveals and captures any motion. Due to these time-lapse based images reveals slight movements, Nerhol celebrates these defects by layering them together.

“The key is the placement of the time-lapsed photographs in a stack and not side-by-side. Motion or movement becomes visible in pictures, when the viewer is able to regard one next to another, as in E. J. Muybridge photographs of a horse’s movement. In contrast to this approach, Nerhol “digs” the images by curving the stack; in this way, they “dig” and “curve” the face. (The words “dig” and “curve” have same pronunciation in Japanese: hol.)” (Hoshino, 2012)

Foe Qi Wei | Defying Categorization.


Foe Qu Wei declares in his artistic statement that…

“I am fascinated with the intersections. Intersections are places where boundaries break down, and these are areas where really interesting things happen. Boundaries are comfortable and static. Intersections are troublesome, but nevertheless worth exploring. In particular, I am interested in the intersections of the sciences, art and technology.” (Qi Wei, 2018)

This photographer specialises in his use of digital photography as a means to liberate art in a way that doesn’t fit within traditional realms of art as they are more photographic than organic. Qi Wei, uses art as a method to visualise and illustrate scientific discourses around space and time in a highly aesthetic way and creates new boundaries for beauty under inspection. ” I strive to make images which touches both the feeling part and the thinking part of your mind. My art seeks to get your attention (the feeling part) and hopefully engage you on a deeper level as you look at it for longer (the thinking part).I suppose the duality I seek (of feeling and thinking) also directs me to focus on the intersections of the art, sciences and technology as mentioned above.” (Qi Wei, 2018).

He speaks of his experience as a photographer, a medium in which he has been actively experimenting with for over 10 years, although is now more actively involved in printing processes (in which Qi Wei describes as “the end point of the artistic process”).

 Alfonso Zubiaga | Stacked Cityscapes


Alfonso Zubiaga photographic series experiments with notions around speed, modernity, pulses and rhythm. His images directly capture and visualise discourses around cities that never sleep. Zubiaga has successfully used photography as a means to create and perpetuate discourses around motion, speed and abstraction within his beautifully disorientating images.

Lumas (2018) states that “Zubiaga has developed his own signature look for architectural representation in these images, one that unites abstraction and the figurative and removes any trace of standstill from the seemingly unmoving image by accelerating it into motion. We find ourselves simultaneously in both the present and the future.” 

Zubiaga’s photos are a futuristic adventure through the streets of the modern metropolis. To everything that painters of the last century have found theatrical, apocalyptical, surreal, and visionary about urban scenarious, he now adds a sense of adventure and speed.” (Luman, 2018)

…our view on the world is fragmented into multiple layered visions as through viewed through a kaleidoscope. This mode of seeing challenges us to focus and de-focus simultaneously: the eye wanders constantly and yet always returns to the central focal point.” (Lumas, 2018)


 David Hockney | Composite Polaroids


Bradford born David Hockney is best known for his innovative use of photography, collage and art. In the 1970s Hockney began his career in photography, creating ‘joiners’ (photocollages).

Hockney found inspiration in many notable artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Fragonard. His early works incorporated fragmentation, inserting many sections from fragments, poems and quotations. He assembled polaroids are amongst most of his notable works, although he notes how he stumbled across it by accident; when rearranging images in the grid for reference for a painting. Then he recognised that the way in which the images were arranged in a way that created a collage in a unique form.

By the later 1980’s, he incorporated print into his career. Whereby he celebrated the collision of technology and art when he used fax machines, laser printers and now iPhone and iPad apps to create detailed paintings. I was inspired by Hockney’s work because of his use of collage and photomontage and manual double exposure as a means to create interesting compositions and images.


David Hockney | Photographic Collages



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