Watch this short, stop-motion-like film that’s cleverly made of 852 different Instagram pictures

by Felix Esser

posted Friday, November 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM EST


With 150 million monthly active users, and 55 million new pictures added each day, one might say that Instagram is one of the Internet's biggest resources of randomness. One might just as well say, though, that Instagram is the epitome of modern expressionism. Whichever way you'd like to see it, one thing is for certain: There is little in this world that hasn't been posted to Instagram at some point. Realizing this, Thomas Jullien set out to "create structure out of this chaos,"by trying to find Instagram pictures that are similar enough to be composed into a short, stop-motion-like film that actually tells a coherent story.


So he collected 852 Instagram pictures by 852 different Instagrammers and assembled them into a story that starts with an alarm ringing in the morning, and ends with a multitude of sunsets form around the world. Inbetween, we see numerous famous locations, as well as everyday activities such as riding a bike, with each frame being a different picture. However, Thomas managed to find images that place subjects and details in roughly the same position, and when they don't, then the items move across the frame. So despite the evident chaos in this short film, the viewer is actually able to make out a structure in each scene. Considering the amount of images available on Instagram, this is quite an achievement.

The video, which runs for 1 minute and 46 seconds (which makes it 8 frames per second), is available on Vimeo, and we highly recommend you watch it.

(via SLR Lounge)