On Saturday I went on an “Instawalk” with a bunch of Joburg Instagram photographers. Their informal leader, @roywrench, invited me to submit my best Jozi Instagram pics for an exhibition being organized as part of the I ART JOBURG project in Maboneng.
I’ve been struggling for weeks to get a good shot of the Maboneng sign on Kruger St. I finally figured out that I needed to shoot it from behind.
Last night, I stood in a rad exhibition space called AREA3, face-to-face with my own Instagram and several dozen other mobile images. Rows and rows of beautiful paper squares, each square telling a unique Jozi story.
An Instagram of my Instagram. That’s the @2summers shot of the Ansteys Building, bottom-center.
I went back to the exhibition this morning with a friend who wasn’t able to make it last night. I took a couple more Instagrams of the Instagrams.
Reflections on Jozi Instagrams.
I loved this exhibition. I loved looking at each image individually, and at all the images together. I loved meeting the Instagram photographers whose work I’ve been admiring on my iPad for the last several weeks. (@buka_andile, thanks for introducing me around.) I loved that I was part of it all.
The guy standing on the left is my new Instagram friend @btherad.
Accomplished Instagrammer @garethpon takes an Instagram of an Instagram.
This is the only shot I got of @unclescrooch, another legendary Joburg Instagrammer. His photos of the Jozi sky are breathtaking. That’s the back of @unclescrooch’s head. Sorry @unclescrooch, not my best work.
And the very best part of the evening: Someone bought my print. My first exhibition photo sale ever. (Remember how I said I didn’t care if my photo got sold or not? I totally lied.)
Hewny, whoever you are: Thank you.
My only regret is that I did not take an Instagram self-portrait of myself at the exhibition. That was dumb. I will remember next time.
Thanks to @roywrench and everyone else who helped put this exhibition together in record time. It was a fantastic evening. And for those of you who didn’t make it last night, the exhibition will be up through December 5. Go check it out. There are lots of great photos for sale and they make lovely Christmas presents.