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The Faux-Vintage Photo - "social media increasingly force us to view our present as always a potential documented past." via @Cyborgology -
January 23, 2012
John (bird whisperer)
"This past winter, during an especially large snowfall, my Facebook and Twitter streams became inundated with grainy photos that shared a similarity beyond depicting massive amounts of snow: many of them appeared to have been taken on cheap Polaroid or perhaps a film cameras 60 years prior. However, the photos were all taken recently using a popular set of new smartphone applications like Hipstamatic or Instagram. The photos (like the one above) immediately caused a feeling of nostalgia and a sense of authenticity that digital photos posted on social media often lack .. In this essay, I hope to show how faux-vintage photography, while seemingly banal, helps illustrate larger trends about social media in general. " -
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