I don’t own an iPhone, but access to Instagram is one reason I’d be tempted. The great appeal, I think, is that Instagram can make the lousiest photo look interesting, which really takes the pressure off when taking a pic. But honestly, I’ve a perfectly good high-end Blackberry (she states somewhat nervously), and I can’t really justify, as tweeted by @fieldnotes_za this week, buying an expensive phone only in order to take old-looking photos.
So, this is why I spent this morning creeping about the apartment with my Blackberry, taking fairly junk-looking photos, then using Photoshop to make them look “Instagrammed”. I wanted the Instagram look, but I didn’t want to shell out for the technology that enables it. I’m not unhappy with the results, but it kind of reminds me of my label-deprived teenagehood, where I carefully stencilled ESPRIT onto my canvas tote, hoping to give the impression of owning a designer bag.
PPS: Thanks to reader, Mi Ya, I found this essay on the Instagram phenomenon, which makes a pretty interesting read.