“Color is like dynamite…. dangerous, unless you know how to use it.” – Anonymous

There are many ways to parse Instagram data but the firm Mode Analytics has opted for a rather unique one. They’ve done a deep dive into color, exploring which colors figure prominently in the work of 72 of Instagram’s top photographers (a designation earned by being on Instagram’s suggested user list).

To unpack the data, the company restricted itself to images posted in 2015 and then used an algorithm to identify various colors and how often they were represented in photographers’ images. They plotted the results on a color wheel–the more prominently a color juts out from the wheel, the more frequently it’s found in the photographer’s Instagram work.

instagram-edeanijanske-pinwheel

Graphic via Mode Analytics, used with permission.

As you can see from the graphic below, many photographers lean heavily on certain colors (whether consciously or not) while others spread the color love around more liberally.

You can view the color wheel break down from all 72 photographers in the graphic below. Click on the photo for the full-sized image.

instagram-photographers-all

Mode has made the underlying Instagram data available for all to explore. Pretty neat.

 

Tags:

COMMENTS

MORE POSTS

No More Excuses: Diversify Launches Database of Photographers of Color

Posted by on Wednesday September 13, 2017 | Photojournalism, Social Media/Web

The home page of Diversify.Photo.

After five months of planning, Diversify Photo today launched a database of 340 photographers of color from around the U.S. Brent Lewis, senior photo editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated, told PDN in May that he and independent photo editor Andrea Wise had begun compiling the database to show photo editors, art buyers and other creatives... More

How Not to Shoot Paris Like a Tourist

Posted by on Wednesday September 13, 2017 | Social Media/Web

Street photographer Alistair Wheeler has been living and shooting photos in Paris for five years. When he got bored shooting the typical vistas that tourists get, he decided to go low and go high to get a new perspective on the city. He headed down into the Metro and into abandoned buildings, and also began... More