Is Instagram Ruining Photography?

Tree Silhouette in the Last Vestiges of Sunset

Some globally respected photographers and critics think Instagram destroys the integrity of quality images.

Others feel the rise of Instagram pollutes traditional social network streams.

Critics decry the mobile photo network because it filters most images with a vintage Poloroid look, the resulting widespread proliferation of Instaphotos across social networks, and/or the additional doctoring that occurs through a variety of apps like Snapseed and Camera+.

Overall, critics feel that consumer access to cheap imaging technologies makes the general state of photography stale, repetitive, and watered down.

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Oahu: A Reminder of the Beauty We Fight For

Honolulu

I’m in Oahu to speak at the NextLevel conference, my second Hawai’ian island trip in all (I visited the Big Island in 2001). When one lands in Honolulu, the first place you go to is your hotel, usually in Waikiki. While it’s certainly beautiful with scenic island decor, you feel enveloped by tourism and civilization… The high rises remind you that this is Hawaii’s most populated island, and the 11th largest metro area in the United States.

Waimanalo Bay IV

But only a half hour drive in any direction, and you find yourself surrounded by gorgeous natural beauty. It’s a jaw dropping stark reminder that our cement and steel worlds are built at the expense of such beauty.

Nu'uanu Valley 2

Like all lands, Oahu and the other Hawai’ian islands suffer from environmental damage (see Environment Hawai’i). While Hawai’i has come along way, new issues like plastic bottle ridden beaches continue to threaten the islands. Mass tourism also endangers the ecological wonders.

Waimea Bay

Being here reminds me of why I blog here every week. Why I continue to be active for the environment. We have so much to fight for, so much to preserve. If only we would all take a little more responsibility, and take little steps every day to positively impact our environment. But until mass conscious approaches to the environment occur throughout our society, I’ll continue my efforts.

Sandy Beach

Full Oahu photo set is here.

Geoff Livingston is a regular contributor to the Live Earth blog.

Argentine Patagonia: A Stunning Photo Set

Get ready for an incredible visual experience. Is it any wonder I fell absolutely in love with this amazing part of the world?

The set flows through three major attractions in Los Glaciares National Park, the Mount Fitz Roy hike, the Mount Torre/Glacier Grande hike, and the Perite Moreno glacier tour. All in all, the photos were taken over a one week period. You can browse the whole set here on Flickr.

Next up is my Chilean Patogonia set. But while stunning, make no bones about it, Argentine Patagonia was my favorite part of the trip.

Come Tango with Me (A Photo Set)

Tango Couples at the Almacen Show

The Tango Show at Almacen

“The tango is really a combination of many cultures, though it eventually became the national music of Argentina,” Yo-Yo Ma.

And what a wonderful music it is. Tango, the music and the dance, embodies the Buenos Aires culture. It’s part old world, part new; sultry, yet sophisticated; hard as nails to get, but more romantic than any other dance out there.

One of my favorite moments of this trip was taking Caitlin to a ballroom, where couples milled about dancing the tango, some poorly, some very well (sorry, I left the camera at the hotel that night). It was room alive with excitement, trial, nervous energy, but most of all, merriment and joy.

While I am still editing my first group of Argentina pictures, those from Buenos Aires (the evolving set is here), these photos, more than any capture the essence of the culture. Tango is Buenos Aires in so many ways, and Buenos Aires would possess only half of its greatness without tango. Enjoy the following photo set!


Street Tango

A volunteer tangos with a street performer.

The Tango

The Almacen Tango Show

Almacen Tango Show

The Almacen Tango Show

Almacen Tango Show

Street Tango Band

Street Tango Band

Street Tango Dancers

Street Tango Dancers

The Almacen Tango Show

Almacen Tango Show

Tango Singer (Almacen Show)

Almacen Tango Show

Tango Singer (Almacen Show)

Almacen Tango Show

Street Tango Dancers

Street Tango Dancers

Tango Couple (Almacen Show)

Almacen Tango Show