PHOTO MOMENT: Ganesh Chaturthi – Mumbai Ganpati

 

May all of your obstacles be overcome this Ganesh Chaturthi. Image by Supriya Tiwari.

SOURCES:

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

Mumbai Ganpati‏, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Mum_Ganpati

mum_ganpati, Instagram (26 August 2017) https://www.instagram.com/p/BYPw3HenCFY/

tiwarisupriya392, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tiwarisupriya392/

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INSTAGRAM: 18 facts and statistics you probably never knew

Instagram is currently one of the world’s most popular social networks by usage and membership. Owned by Facebook, and lovingly known by its fans as simply ‘Insta’, the site is a valuable treasure trove of pictures and memories and offers a glimpse into the lives of its 600 million or so active users. While Instagram has developed a reputation as a bit of a narcissist’s heaven with many users flooding it with selfies, posing like there is no tomorrow, it also has become a valuable resource for creatives such as photographers and graphic designers to showcase their work, and many celebrities use it to give their fanbase a way of keeping up to date with their daily goings-on. And of course, if you ever feel hungry or have no idea what’s for supper tonight, then Instagram’s impressive collection of food photos is the ideal place for culinary inspiration. Not to mention those awesome filters.

 

 

With the help of content, social media and online marketing blog The Social Ms, here are twenty facts and statistics about the photo-sharing network you probably had no idea about.

  1. By the end of 2016, Instagram reported it had 600 million active users, that is, people who use their accounts and upload photos or images. This is an additional 100 million shutterbugs joining the service since September 2015
  2. Instagram has a rapidly increasingly ‘growth base’ with rises of 15 per cent, and there is no sign of it slowing down. In the United States alone (its biggest market), the number of users is expected to hit 116.3 million (34.8 per cent of the then population) and become the second-most popular social network, overtaking Twitter, fellow photo social network Pinterest and micro-blog Tumblr, according to recent figures by eMarketer.
  3. Not surprisingly, just like all social networks, Insta is a hit with the young ‘uns. For all age groups of Internet users, 28 per cent use it, 55 per cent of people between the ages of 18-29 are Insta-fanatics, forming its largest demographic, according to the Pew Research Center in the US. The centre also reported that 52 per cent of teens aged between 13 and 17 were also fans of Instagram.
  4. Instagram has good product loyalty. Fifty-nine per cent of its users post daily, and another 17 per cent use it at least once weekly, according to the Pew Research Center.
  5. The site has enjoyed massive growth rates in some subjects, according to MediaPost. Beauty (74% growth rate), ‘big box’ (128%) and household goods (149%) have been some of the most popular topics, at least for businesses using their Instagram accounts to promote their goods to private users. For the rest of us, I assume selfies probably have a growth rate of 100,000 per cent (I kid).
  6. Instagram is big money for marketers. In 2015, it netted advertising revenue of USD $500 million (GBP £407 million). It is expected that this year, Insta will make more money from its advertising platform on American mobile handsets than Google and Twitter, claims eMarketer.
  7. Although Instagram is US-founded and run by a big American tech company, most of its success has been from outside. Eighty per cent of its users are non-American.
  8. Over 80 million photos are uploaded per day. There is believed to be more than 40 billion images crammed into Insta’s servers and users generate an astonishing 3.5 billion likes per day, says ClickZ.
  9. The most prestigious account, going by popularity and celebrity anyway, is the one owned by U.S. singer Selena Gomez. She has 99.5 million followers allegedly.
  10. The most liked photo over all of Insta was one by reality show star Kendall Jenner. The picture of her lying on her back, eyes closed with her hair spread out and arranged into hearts got 3.5 million likes.
  11. If you post a photo, fifty per cent of comments will appear within six hours, meaning a good post will stick around and not get lost in the noise.
  12. Instagram is quite secure, with only eight per cent of its accounts said to be fake, according to an unnamed Italian security firm.
  13. Like any social network, people sometimes do get bored of posting or other things happen in their life that pull them away. The same Italian firm discovered that nearly 30 per cent of account are rarely used or inactive, usually posting one post per month or less, according to Business Insider.
  14. For businesses, Insta is marketing gold. Forrester published stats that suggest people engage with brands ten times more on Insta than they do on Facebook. Facebook ads are annoying, I grant you that.
  15. One-third of Instagram users have used their mobile to purchase a product online.
  16. Fifty-three per cent of Instagrammers, as fans are sometimes called, are following brands.
  17. As humans love seeing faces, this fact is probably not surprising, but selfies and group photos on average are 38 per cent more likely to get liked, than other kinds of pictures, such as inanimate objects.
  18. The most Instagrammed food is… pizza.

 

SOURCES:
HEM Bloggers List, The Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-bloggers-list
Susanna Gebauer‏, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/dreckbaerfrau
“20 Instagram Facts And Statistics You Should Know” – Susanna Gebauer, The Social Ms/Friendly Fellows UG (haftungsbeschränkt) (23 September 2016) https://blog.thesocialms.com/19-instagram-facts-and-statistics-you-should-know/
IMAGE CREDIT:
freestocks.org via Pexels (13 January 2016) https://www.pexels.com/photo/lg-smartphone-instagram-social-media-35177/

MADELINE STUART: Australian Down Syndrome teen wins modelling contract

In a sign of the growing and long-awaited acceptance of modelling agencies of people with different abilities and conditions, an 18-year-old Australian woman with Down syndrome has been awarded an exclusive modelling contract.

Madeline Stuart has an ambition to change people’s understanding around her condition, and her ambition has taken a huge leap forward after securing a lucrative contract and her first advertisement campaign with Manifesta, a company that makes fitness clothes for women of all sizes. She celebrated her monumental achievement and victory for differently-abled people by sharing part of her photo-shoot on her Instagram account madelinesmodelling_ , Canadian newspaper The Toronto Star reported on their website.

My modelling gig with Manifesta. Love this brand.

A post shared by Madeline Stuart Official (@madelinesmodelling_) on

“My modelling gig with Manifesta. Love this brand,” the Australian teen commented alongside a photo of her in a sky blue exercise tank top and floral leggings.

Madeline has over a year’s experience in modelling, including various fashion shoots and art photos. She started her journey into modelling after carrying out an intense workout programme which saw her drop 40 pounds (18.1 kilograms). It was only after losing the weight that modelling opportunities began coming her way.

“I am now a successful model,” the teen wrote on her Facebook page. “Modelling is changing (society’s) view of people with Down syndrome, exposure is creating acceptance in life and inclusion.”

For its part, Manifesta said it was “incredibly excited” by how Stuart is “changing the face of modelling.”

“For years Madeline has fought against the struggles, both internal and external, that go along with Down syndrome. Through dance, swimming, and cheerleading she has worked to strengthen her heart and body. And through her modelling career, she has forced many to reconsider the conventional standards of beauty,” Manifesta wrote in a release.

Stuart’s ambition and desire to break into the tough world of modelling has been lauded all over the world. Her success was covered by several media outlets and her social media following has exploded. She now has over 39,000 followers on Instagram and her Facebook page counts over 386,000 likes.

Her fans have been incredibly supportive. “So beautiful, and such an inspiration!” one commented on an Instagram photo from her Manifesta campaign. “A smile to die for! And those leggings are adorable!” another said.

One of her biggest supporters has been her proud mother, Roseanne. Her mother told Australia’s ABC broadcasting network in May this year that she hoped that her daughter can show “that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful and should be celebrated.”

“She is not insecure in the least bit,” Roseanne said, “but I have made a point of never letting anyone be critical of her and telling her every day how amazing, funny, smart, beautiful, wonderful she is.”

Madeline Stuart’s success follows that of trailblazer Shannon Murray in the United Kingdom, who became the first wheelchair using model to be booked for an ad campaign back in 2010, when she posed for a photo-shoot for the high street fashion store Debenhams.

SOURCES:
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/
“Down Syndrome: Australian Model With Disorder Books 1st Ad Campaign With Clothing Company” – Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/topic/Down-Syndrome/107558015940611?source=whfrt&position=1&trqid=6169444695123937979
“Teen model with Down syndrome gets first ad campaign” – thestar.com World/Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. (8 July 2015) http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/07/08/teen-model-with-down-syndrome-gets-first-ad-campaign.html
“Wheelchair-user becomes first disabled model to star in major High Street campaign” – Tamara Abraham, Mail Online Femail/Associated Newspapers Ltd (26 February 2010) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1253699/Wheelchair-user-set-disabled-model-star-major-High-Street-campaign-Debenhams.html

ALIEN: New concept art revealed by Neill Blomkamp

After the relative success of the Alien prequel Prometheus of 2012, in which we saw the unholy birth of the prehensile-tongued extra-terrestrial killer that helped spawn the original sci-fi franchise featuring actor Sigourney Weaver in the main role of Ellen Ripley, there is a possibility that another film is on the way, although a news site claims that the project may not be made at all and the rumours are just that. Alien fans do however have a glimmer of hope for a maybe-or-maybe-not return to some fresh stomach-splitting action as a director and artist has recently publicised his own homage to the series.

What is certain is the appearance yesterday of some concept art drawn by Vancouver-based South African director Neill Blomkamp, who sat in the boss’s chair for the fellow alien films District 9 and Elysium. He posted the artwork on his Instagram account, according to alternative news site i09, and also tweeted that he had not prepared the artwork for the studio, but simply something he did in his spare time.

One collage of images published by i09 depicts Sigourney Weaver in a face-only pose wearing a mask that appears to have been influenced by the deathly black contoured features of the Alien. Two other images show Weaver sideways on, and the unmistakeable crest of the killer in black is plain to see. Another Instagram image released by Blomkamp shows the Alien in all its horrifying glory, poised to kill, saliva dripping from its ungodly mouth. On one of the alien images, which the director described as a “p***ed off Xenomorph Queen“, he wrote “Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph.”

Blomkamp then followed the Queen with a volley of more of his inspired artwork, commenting “Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created.” According to i09’s Meredith Woerner, Blomkamp’s conception is said to have taken place in Weyland-Yutani headquarters where one of the characters, Corp. Dwayne Hicks resurfaces after having being killed in Aliens 3, but in a less than healthy state. Ridley Scott also is described as donning a ‘Space Jockey helmet’ in another picture. Reporter Woerner states that the artwork was seemingly a personal pitch for a new Alien film by Neill Blomkamp, and not an order from a movie studio. However, Blomkamp is reported as telling one follower on his Instagram account “Fox never said no.” – referring to the major studio, 20th Century Fox, which was responsible for the distribution of the original Alien flicks. He also told another follower that 20th Century Fox were not aware of his new film concept. Fox had decided to turn the Alien franchise back to its roots in releasing Prometheus three years ago, and are reported as unlikely to take up Blomkamp’s idea any time soon.

Other paintings Blomkamp released include a derelict spaceship which had been turned into a warehouse and the outside of what appears to be a very large building or space station, perhaps on the colonised Alien planet LV-426, and scenes from inside various locations in Weyland Corp.

All images/artwork copyright of Neill Blomkamp.

SOURCES:
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/
“Neill Blomkamp’s Secret Alien Movie Looks So Good We’re Furious” – Meredith Woerner, i09 (2 January 2015) http://io9.com/neill-blomkamps-secret-alien-movie-looks-so-good-were-f-1677082116
Neill Blomkamp, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/neillblomkamp
IMAGE CREDIT:
neillblomkamp, Instagram http://instagram.com/neillblomkamp/

PHOTO MOMENT: Indie music end of year party poster by Tacheless Promotions

(c) Tacheless Promotions

An independently produced poster by an independent music label.

This poster combines alternative art (seemingly influenced by Instagram) combined with the visuals of a vibrant Northern indie music scene, getting right to the core of what music is all about: good times and appreciation of non-mainstream bands.

The poster is for the ‘Twisted Wheel‘ end of year music party being held at IndiePendent café on the High Street, Scunthorpe on the 5th December 2014, featuring indie acts Danny Mahon and the band The North. It was produced by Tacheless Promotions using Fused.

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
The North, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/TheNorthBandUK
IMAGE CREDIT:
tacheless promotions, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/tachelessp