There are many sceptics of Instagram – those that are opposed to the rise of snappy, point-and-shoot photography. But increasingly, a number of phenomenal photographers are exhibiting their work on the smart-phone platform, revealing the abundance of quality that it can also deliver. One such photographer is Rui Veiga.
Having now amassed a following of 50,000 strong, Veiga’s Instagram (_darkwhite_) displays his striking collection of monochrome images. As his chosen name would suggest, Veiga relies on sharp contrast to bring presence and immediacy to each frame. Shadows – overarching, broad or miniscule, crisp – play off stark white light. Converging parallels, crisp lines and a geometrical precision lead the images to focus on an often isolated human focal point. Such expansive, timeless cityscapes juxtapose on the lonely individual, perhaps speaking to the ‘cut-off’ online generation of today.
Veiga showcases the quality and precision of modern digital photography. This technical skill creates a dream world in which fundamental questions – of society vs. the self, of mass abundance vs. the minute – are raised.