Many people know and use Instgram on a regular basis. They post pictures of where they travel, what they eat and what they are doing. But a Singaporean photographer called Ng Weijiang has taken Instagram and its possibilities to new limits. Ng Weijiang uses Instagram layout to create inspired and creative photography collages that leave the onlooker gazing and amazed. The collages are created using black and white filters found in the Instagram app, and are clean in their nature, with beautiful contrasts and with a mix of organic, architectural and industrial influences.
Photoshop would have been the first choice for many photographers to help manipulate and edit the pictures, and for those of us that prefer a slightly more old school approach, print and stick the images together. However, Ng Weijiang has found a modern take on this and its ingenious, unconventional, and with striking effect and it goes beyond the regular use of the photo editing apps and filters that many people are comfortable using. Ng Weijiangs work uses the “three in a row’ viewing format found on Instagram to great effect, and the results are incredible images with great impact and with limitless potential.
Ng Weijiang method is to take 9 images and align them in a way that they makeup an entire photography collage. The number does not always have to be nine, but due to the format of Instgram, the image and total number of images that make up the final product must be divisible by three and the possibilities are endless.
Black and white photography is very powerful, and when viewing Ng Weijiang images individually this can be seen. So imagine when viewing a collage comprising of such images. The result is a mix of ingenuity, creativity and powerful work, that you may not necessarily think works, but in a strange way all comes together when viewed. Given that some of his creations also have strong vertical and horizontal lines and in other images more organic and curved lines, a pattern and symmetry emerges that flows throughout the pictures and that works in the photography collage format, and that compliments the other well.
Ng Weijiangs work is something that you could imagine in an instalment found in contemporary art galleries around the World. His work redefines the capabilities and potential of the apps found in smartphones and for anyone that isn’t proficient in the use of Photoshop or other such editing suites, it just goes to show, that you don’t need to be. Striking images and creativity can now literally be done and created in the palm of your hand and from anywhere.
Of course Weijiangs work is very well constructed, thought out and his choice of subject matter works well and has meaning, and this should be seen as something to motivate and push the onlookers creativity and think outside the box when creating new work. Photo editing apps found on smartphones don’t just have to be used in a limited way, and the potentials available to users of such apps are endless.