I was playing around with this appliciation which lets you see Instagram images collected in a collage, based on a hashtag. I’ve always thought of Instagram as something more than just a bunch of hipters taking photos with excessive filtering. Social photo-taking provides us with tons of evidence about how people are affected by urban settings through the angles their photos take and what they decide is photo-worthy.
I thought it could really be interesting if planners and architects used these tools to get an impression of how people are viewing monuments and buildings: what parts of the monument are the most interesting? What do these buildings actually look like? It really gets down to the question of what the ‘important’ sides of buildings are to people.
So I took a look at the CN tower hashtag (#cntower). In the images below, we start to see that people generally like taking photographs of the tower in very particular angles.
View 1. The CN Tower from below: (itsdestinybb, reiitakeii, michellestaceyqueenofcanada, hahavix, rossvernal, rdmist)
View 2. At Night (staceyark, andie483, athenski, pavleenka, philupontacos, katethacker123):
View 3. On the road (Mrsdjoseph, indigamie, ashleyshowcase, gcgiannyboy, ladydannielle, damanbeatty):
View 4. Skyline (agarmtz, marketink, complete_vip_services, mashq, sachaleclair):
View 5. Peeping (anarkiti, urbanminerals, rdubwoyto, _whiskeymouth, johnny_x, matmasaro):
Synthesis. abstracting forms – is this what Toronto’s subconsious looks like?