Instant Ruin Porn

Oct 30 2012 @ 3:17pm

Hurricane_Sandy

People on Instagram posted some 400,000 photos of the hurricane's impact, uploading 10 #sandy pictures per second as the storm hit land. View the best ones on instacane.com. Sarah Lacy sees the significance:

Hurricane Sandy — or Frankenstorm Apocalpyse as it’s being called on Foursquare — could be Instagram’s big citizen journalism moment. The time when the seemingly frivolous app could get some Arab Spring-style gravitas. … In theory, Instagram has Twitter’s immediacy, and a broader reach, since it pushes notices out via Twitter, Facebook, Instgram’s own network, and email. Clearly images are the best way to tell a story like this, and Instagram’s whole raison d’être is to make people better photographers. Add to that the storm’s target on urban, hipster, we’re-not-scared New Yorkers, and the time seems as good as any for the revolution to be Instagrammed.

Noreen Malone reflects on her discovery that "it turns out the most risk-embracing New Yorkers are the dog owners, closely followed by the smokers, and then the amateur photographers." On the latter group:

Powerhouse Arenas, the neighborhood's bookstore, was completely flooded: the proprietors had packed up the premises as best as possible, but stray paperbacks idled in shallow, scummy water, barely visible through the night-dark glass. The carousel wasn't gettable, but this was a pretty good metaphor too. I zoomed on with my camera to no effect; so did the half dozen or so other adventurers getting in on the ground floor of the ruin porn game. "That's a really cool shot if you had the right lighting for it," said one.