The word “Instagram” is now familiar to many. Official data says that as of February 12, 2012, this program was used by 27 million people. I have discovered the application more than a year ago, when it had “only” 6 million users :)
I wouldn’t claim to be a big fan of Instagram, even if, originally, I liked a lot taking photos with its use. Then I got over it, and for some time, did not take any pictures with the mobile phone at all. But still, every time now and then, especially when traveling, I take out my iPhone, and open up Instagram. And that, despite the fact that at least two cameras – Canon 1Ds Mark III and Canon 5D Mark II with top L-optics are hanging down from my neck at all times. Friends are laughing, when they see me geared like that, and with an iPhone in my hands.
Many like Instagram for the good retro-color, but in fact it’s not a big deal for me to get that color with post-processing techniques. This is not to say that the colors in Instagram are not good. Just that for me personally, the most valuable part is the somewhat non-serious attitude towards the pictures you take on iPhone. And, of course, the ability to process it fast and well, so that they’re ready to be shown to your friends almost instantly. I do often use iPhone as a sketchbook, for taking pictures “on the run”. They often come up fresh and lively. I like to use Instagram for practicing the “photographic intuition”.
Not aspiring for them to be considered highly artistic, let me still share with you a selection of the favorite instagram-photos, taken by me in different parts of the world during the past year.
My Russian blog started to be visited by many English speaking readers after I posted the following post. I thought it would be great to give this post a special place in my new English blog, and let it be one of the first publications.
I regularly visit the www.shorpy.com in order to get inspired by the colors of Kodachrome photo film. This website is quite famous and contains a lot of archived photographs, I am sure many of you already know it. My wish was to make a personal selection of photographs I particularly like, in good quality. I hope that you will appreciate them as well. All the pictures have been taken during 1940-1943. Now just look at them and get inspired.
1. “Where’s Adolf?”
May 1942. Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. “Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.
Today let me share photos taken in Vietnam, a country I truly love to return to. I’ve been to Vietnam eight times already and would love to come again, since newer photos always sound more interesting. Maybe one day this set will sound boring to me too, but not now. Here is the set mostly from my last visit in November–December 2011. I did’t have any concept in my mind. These are just shots to show the beauty of this interesting country.
Some time ago in my Russian-version blog I posted a link to a set of works made by that remarkable photographer. Browsing his web-site later I decided to make my own collection of his photos. I grabbed 130 shots and here I will share 41 of my favourites with you. My set differs from that of my friend Andrey Zeigarnik. I like Andrey’s choice too (moreover, my interest in Webb started there), but when you research something by yourself that gives you comprehensive view on creative works of great ones. Thus if you like these photos, I advise you to browse Alex Webb’s web-site and mix your own collection.
Self-portrait. Istanbul, Turkey, Janiary 2012
My name is Pavel Kosenko and I’m from Russia. I am a photographer, and my major interest is street photography. Travel is the main source of my inspiration, so I spend 4 to 6 months a year in journeys. I most often visit Southeast Asia, which I deeply love for its beautiful colors and friendly faces. I also practice photography in Russia, but not as often as I’d like to — I am planning to improve this situation in the nearest future.
Since 2007 I’ve had a Russian blog on photography and travel, in which I post my photos of different countries and selections of works by authors who interest me. Besides, I also write articles on photography in general, image editing, and many other topics. My blog is being read by 20,000 people daily.
I recently noticed that some of my posts written in English were viewed by many people outside Russia. According to a research done by Google Analytics, this post was viewed in February 2012 by half a million people, 70% of them being from the US.
This is how I got the idea of creating an English version of my blog — I believe that my works may be interesting to a broader audience. Unfortunately, I do not yet speak English fluently, so I asked some of my friends for support.
From now on I will use their help to translate my most interesting and highly rated materials from the past as well as my future works. At the end of each post I will give special thanks to the person who helped me translate it. I am sorry if I am not able to reply to all your comments individually, but I promise that I will carefully read everything, even if I’ll need to use Google Translate for this purpose :) And please feel free to correct my mistakes.
My thanks to Olga Lermontova for translating this post in English.