Guest Post by Kasia Piekut.
Perhaps you think Instagram is just a photography app that lets people share what they see, but beyond the countless photos of nature, food, and cups of tea, a secret world is hiding away. It is a world of creative wonders.
You may not be fortunate enough to go to Sweden any time soon, but you can still explore Swedish artistry through Camilla Hällgren’s (@littleswedenart) macro technique photography. This interesting artist and researcher from Umea University uses 12-millimetre model train figures to explore ideas of identity.
When you first look at her creations you start smiling, admiring the ‘little people’ and their activities. But actually, beyond these funny looking sets a bigger thought is hiding. Camilla uses this medium to explore ideas of identity, social roles and the power of relationships.
Her photos provide punchy explanations of irony, love, sympathy and joy for who we are in this big world and what it means to be human. ‘Little Sweden Art’ will surprise and delight you straight away.
Instagram cuts the boundaries of how art is being presented. It also allows people to interact with it and find out more about the artists and their work in real time.
Without Instagram, finding Satoshi OTA’s (@osatosh) beautiful drawings would be much more difficult. This Japanese artist tells interesting stories through the use of pencil techniques and watercolours.
His evocative artwork relates to human emotions and deeper meanings. He also sneaks within his drawings some political statements, negative spaces and intimation of introspection. He will definitely mesmerise you with his detailing and crosshatching techniques.
If you like quirkiness and perfectly detailed work, Naoto’s paintings may be for you, with their combination of aliens and classical art, reinterpreted into something fairy-tale like.
Through them, you feel like you travel between worlds of different cultures, influences, and reinterpretations. His unusual work earned him a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts as well as winning countless awards from art competitions. Not a surprise to learn then, that he has been working on his doodling and painting techniques since the age of 3, which we can now explore in prolific imaginary, which he describes as the “practice to increase awareness in stream-of-conscious creativity”.
Thanks to the existence and popularity of social networks like Instagram, we can be inspired by creations of talented minds from all around the world. Before the age of social media, this reach was much more restricted. But this photography app has revolutionized not only the way we take photos, but how we engage with other creative individuals, and how we experience the world.
Kasia is a social media communicator working for marketing & creative design agency, mark-making*, based in Oxfordshire.