16 Photographs I Saw And Loved On Instagram In March 2022

I have been reviewing and making notes on the photos I see on Instagram since January 2022. And to make my own process easier, I wrote a blog article: How To Review A Photograph.

In that article, I have jotted down questions to ask when judging the technical aspect of a photograph.

Antony Joseph (Nithin)
  1. Photo by Antony Joseph (Nithin): This photo uses a striking contrast in the warm red tones against the cool blue background. The warm red shade captures the attention more effectively as compared to cooler tones, hence the eyes of the viewers will focus more on the subject. Plain symmetry is used as the fundamental compositional technique. A diffused light is coming from the left side of the frame, the shot is most probably taken indoors.
Max Slobodda

2. Photo by Max Slobodda: This is a diptych – a set of two photos used to tell a story and emphasise contrast.

Achal Mishra

3. Photo by Achal Mishra: This photo is taken indoors. It’s blue hour outside and the warm light of the study-light creates a striking contrast. There is a reflection of a face from a Wong-Kar-Wai movie in the upper half of the frame.

Gauri Gill

4. Photo by Gauri Gill: This shot is taken inside a classroom, and the light is evenly distributed across the whole room – there is very diffused shadow. The photographer has primarily used various shades of yellow, orange, and red. The mask on the woman’s face adds abstraction as well as drama. The texts in the background lends a graphic touch to the shot.

Ian Howorth

5. Photo by Ian Howorth: This shot was taken during the golden hour, probably in the afternoon, since the light is so diffused. This is a simple and minimalistic street photography shot, with purely inanimate subject. But it lends the feel of human presence without explicitly showing a human being in the frame. The subject (basket ball net) is placed at the dead centre of the frame, but it is not quite symmetric along any axis.

Sonia Goydenko

6. Photo by Sonia Goydenko: This is an example of self-portrait photography. The shot is not really balanced along the horizontal axis. There is striking contrast between the yellow tone of the face and the blue tone of the sky. This was taken outdoors long after sunset.

Stavros Stamatiou

7. Photo by Stavros Stamatiou: This shot is taken in a photojournalistic approach. The leading lines create enough tension and draws the viewer’s eyes right to the centre of the frame. The shot is symmetric vertically. The expressions in the subjects’ faces adds to the drama of the shot.

Polina Washington

8. Photo by Polina Washington: This is an example of portrait photography, taken indoor, and there is heavy use of artificial lights. The orangish-yellow hue near the neck of the model helps to keep the viewers’ eyes locked near the face.

Charalampos Kydonakis

9. Photo by Charalampos Kydonakis: This shot is either a double exposure or a single exposure taken through a glass pane making use of reflections. This shot balances the warm and cool tones by distributing them evenly throughout the frame. The abstract outline of the human adds more drama to the scene.

Andrea Campolucci

10. Photo by Andrea Campolucci: Andrea has intentionally taken this shot out of focus for artidtic reasons. The shot is roughly divided in half horizontally, both halves having blue and yellow as complementary colors.

Leleo Lopes

11. Photo by Leleo Lopes: The most prominent compositional technique used here is the frame within frame technique. The shot is taken from within a car during a rainy day. The photographer has kept himself inside the frame (which is rare in street photography) as it can be seen in the mirror in the lower left corner of the frame. The frame is roughly divided in half horizontally by the white and green colors on the wall.

Massimiliano Faralli

12. Photo by Massimiliano Faralli: This is an example of juxtaposition and humor in street photography. The photograph is taken outdoors, during daytime, and there is use of speedlight to illuminate the foreground element. The frame is roughly divided into three sections horizontally. Also, there is a clear distinction between foreground, midground, and background.

Kirsty Greenland

13. Photo by Kirsty Greenland: This is a high-angle shot of a group of people swimming in the ocean. The warm skin tones of the people create a break in the pattern created by the blue waves. The photo is dynamic as the eye moves throughout the frame. The photographer has used a high shutter speed as the motion of the hair and the water splashing is captured.

Akshay Mahajan

14. Photo by Akshay Mahajan: This frame uses an interesting mix of complementary colors – red and green. The photo is taken outdoors on the beach and there is a prominent use of artificial lights. Even though the bamboo structures form prominent leading lines, none of them actually lead up to the human subject.

Summer Grace

15. Photo by Summer Grace: This shot primarily has a monochromatic feel with a range of blue tones. There are subtle yellow tones (blended by the use of lights cast on the subject) which help to draw the eyes to the main subject. It has a minimalistic approach with subtle symmetry in the middle of the frame.

amy friend

16. Photograph by amy friend:

Ruth, October, 1936

A little late but I am sending out thoughts and love for International Women’s Day.

This photograph is Ruth from October of 1936. That is all I know of her. What was her world like? Do you think she thought about the world 100 years into the future? I do. I think about who we are and what we’ve become.

What have we learned?

And here we are today… each day for each of us –
I look for hope
bravery and fight.
I listen for quiet
for calm.

I imagine different stories for Ruth. Here she holds her position. Resolute? Furious? Stoic? I imagine a bit of all of us in her.