When Instragram was first created, it was a really cool app. I loved it even though it had some really significant limitations in file size and image aspect ratio (only 1:1). The filters and the frames were fun. I was taking tons of horrible photos with my phone (because the phone cameras were so incredibly limited back in the day) and posting them to Instagram.
Then the small Instagram team became instantly insanely wealthy when they sold their awesome little app to Facebook who promptly ruined it, turning it into a horrid surveillance and marketing tool. At that point, I ditched the app. The fun and joy were gone.
But, in the meantime, I had collected over 700 photos just being out and about and shooting. I recently uploaded all of my old vintage Instagram photos to my SmugMug account. Going through them all was a fun blast into the past. So, I thought I would start sharing some of them on Thursdays in a series of posts I’ll call Throwback Thursday Photo Retrospective.
So, here’s the first few shared vintage Instagram photos I’m sharing. They were all shot in 2011 and were selected for no particular reason other than they resonated with me today.
The photo of “THIS” has been a point of conversation ever since the day we stumbled upon it in Culver City. We walked all around the small downtown taking pictures, and I didn’t see the doors to the theater plastered with the huge letters saying “THIS.” When we got back home, Steve showed me his photo of the doors. I went back to Culver City the next day and shot it myself. He’s bad about sneaking around and taking really good shots without pointing them out to me, but I always point out shots he’s going to otherwise miss.
Below is a slideshow of my entire Vintage Instagram Gallery on SmugMug from which these photos were plucked.