Instagram photos that were all uploaded on Inauguration Day 2021 were overlaid in an x-ray stack to create this work of art

This #insta_stack_art image is kind of special. Out of the 170,000+ images tagged #USCapitol on Instagram, I created this image using only those that were uploaded on Inauguration Day. It's my way of commemorating the occasion. This detail gives a pretty good idea of the political and aesthetic range of images I had to work with:

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Updated: Jan 11, 2021

When you search for #BrooklynBridge on Instagram you will be looking at a continuously scrolling page of almost 3.4 million photographs, more than twice the number of images from my first #insta_stack_art piece based on the Taj Mahal. And the iconic view that you see over and over again is the one from up on the bridge showing a tower and all those cables and wires. I've overlaid an x-ray stack of 25 of those images to create Brooklyn Bridge x 20.

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Updated: Jan 11, 2021

2021 is (finally) here and it seems like the perfect time to start some new things. So there's this blog -- which will start out about my new art project and life as an artist and then wander from there. Other art I love and cycling and our dogs are likely to be featured as well.

But first, the new art project: I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be an artist and photographer nowadays. Currently, 95 million photos are uploaded to Instagram every day. So rather than continue to add to that amazing (depressing?) total I thought I would try to make something meaningful and beautiful about all those images. Plus, it's still a pandemic out there -- and winter to boot -- so I thought it might be better to stay isolated in my studio in front of my computer with a hot cup of coffee for a while longer.

Taj Mahal x 25 (above) is my first new piece for 2021. It's what I'm calling an 'Insta Stack Art' piece -- a new photograph created by overlaying existing Instagram images to create art that looks at our relationship to photography. The Taj Mahal seemed like a natural subject to start with because, like so many other Westerners, I've never been there and only know it second-hand it through various media, especially photography. This x-ray like piece is composed of 25 stacked-up images of the Taj Mahal selected from the more than 1.6 million on Instagram.

Finally, it's an Instagram-based project, so of course it has an Instagram of it's own! Please follow along here: @Insta_Stack_Art

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