Instagram takes aim at Snapchat with new Instagram Direct feature

Instagram takes aim at Snapchat with new Instagram Direct feature

This morning, Instagram added a new feature they’re calling Direct, which allows you to send Instagrams to a specific person or persons.

There are, however, moments in our lives that we want to share, but that will be the most relevant only to a smaller group of peopleā€”an inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one more photo of your new puppy. Instagram Direct helps you share these moments.

This feels a lot a fuck you to Snapchat, who Instagram owner’s Facebook offered $3 billion to buy their app, only to be turned down. A feature like this would have been in the works for a while though as it’s a brand new build of Instagram. Personally, I feel like the old man who wants the kids off his lawn with this feature. At 31 I can’t find any reason to use Snapchat, and if I want to send a certain person/persons a photo I’ll simply text it to them. It’s certainly possible that I’m not the audience for this feature, but it also seems like the Instagram product is getting more diluted as time goes by.

Bobby Solomon

December 12, 2013 / By

George Clooney x Yayoi Kusama, photoshoot by Emma Summerton

George Clooney x Yayoi Kusama, photoshoot by Emma Summerton

Australian photographer Emma Summerton photographed George Clooney recently for W Magazine, and the images are quite amazing. That’s because Mr. Clooney was outfitted in a custom suit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who also created the amazing scenes he was photographed in. I love the stark contrast of these photos, and I also love that Yayoi Kusama is getting so much love these days.

You can see the photos and read Mr. Clooney’s interview over on W Magazine’s site by clicking here.

George Clooney x Yayoi Kusama, photoshoot by Emma Summerton

George Clooney x Yayoi Kusama, photoshoot by Emma Summerton

Bobby Solomon

December 4, 2013 / By

Ryan Duffin’s surreal plant and produce photographs

Ryan Duffin

Ryan Duffin is a young photo student currently attending Parsons who’s work recently caught my eye and I needed to share. It’s hard to pinpoint what his style is, I mean, the word that comes to my mind is “surreal”, but I don’t think that’s quite right.

His photos capture abstract still lifes that feature these interesting pairing that usually have super intense colors which really make you stop and take notice. There’s also a mundanity to the pieces, like the dirty Evian bottle above, but they’re lit like fine art, like something of a really high value. This contrast exists in a lot of his newest work and the juxtaposition is definitely something to take note of.

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Bobby Solomon

November 27, 2013 / By

An in-depth look at the architecture of Eero Saarinen

An in-depth look at the architecture of Eero Saarinen

Alan Taylor runs In Focus, a special section of The Atlantic which looks at topics and events through large, beautiful photos. Last week he had a special feature on modernist architect Eero Saarinen, who helped bring a sense of futurism to a world of cookie cutter buildings. The feature is a series of 44 images which shows the range and talent of Saarinen, from his work on the Saint Louis Gateway Arch to the Trans World Airlines Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport.

An in-depth look at the architecture of Eero Saarinen

An in-depth look at the architecture of Eero Saarinen

Bobby Solomon

November 26, 2013 / By

Fantastic Retro Color Groupings in Hilda Grahnat Photo Series ‘Vintage by Colour’

Hilda Grahnat Vintage by Colour

I’m a big fan of Hilda Grahnat’s work. The Swedish photographer, stylist and designer keeps a beautiful blog which is filled with the types of images that make you want to quit your job, run away to Sweden and simply spend your days surrounded by beautiful vintage furniture and retro antiques.

Her portfolio is also home to many wonderful pieces of work; one such project is this fantastic series called ‘Vintage by Colour’. Here she brings together a selection of interesting items and groups them together to create wonderful color groupings. It’s a simple idea, but the resulting work is just a joy to see.

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Philip Kennedy

November 21, 2013 / By

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