Instagram Insanity

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.

Another perspective.

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.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Gail Wilson November 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Well done it is an awesome photo, will pop in to see the exhibition soon.

    • Reply 2summers November 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks Gail, see you tomorrow.

  • Reply mzansigirl November 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Heather. Congrats on being included in the exhibition. Also got a photo of mine in but submitted it too late for inclusion 🙁 So bummed I couldn’t make the opening, but will definitely check it out in the coming weeks. The instagrm pics looks awesome printed, really inspired me to get some of my instagrams printed on paper.

    • Reply 2summers November 3, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Yeah, they looked amazing — Roy did a great job. Sorry you missed the deadline. Hopefully they’ll do this again. xo

  • Reply eremophila November 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Congrats!!! Excellent news!!

  • Reply Emily Cannell November 3, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I think I like Instagram better than Facebook. So many ways to tell a story…

    • Reply 2summers November 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

      Hey Emily are you on Instagram? I want to follow you!

      • Reply Emily Cannell November 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

        Hey- I just started following you. I`m EmilySmithCannell. Love the pic of the boys playing in that stark warehouse looking area.

        • Reply 2summers November 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

          Cool, I’m following you now too. And thanks — I took that photo in the basement below the Hillbrow boxing gym yesterday.

  • Reply Timmee November 3, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I will gladly take your portrait with your print. Will let you know when I’m going back with some friends, maybe we can meet up for a coffee?

    • Reply 2summers November 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

      That sounds great Tim. Looking forward to seeing you. I seem to be down that way a lot lately anyway 🙂

  • Reply Lu November 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    How cool that you sold your photo!? I’m way impressed 🙂
    Those other instagrams on display are pretty darned awesome. Who knew Joburg could look so good 😉

    • Reply 2summers November 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      See, I’m not the only one who sees how beautiful this place is 😉

  • Reply Andile Buka November 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I really enjoyed being part of this amazing event, lots of love Heather 🙂

  • Reply Andile Buka November 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Really enjoyed being part of this amazing event, It didn’t only allow us to be tested creatively) but brought people together under one roof and to look at our environment differently., for that I’m happy. Joburg you are amazing.

    • Reply 2summers November 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks for the comment Andile. See you soon on another walk 🙂

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