Pocket darkroom: Hong Kong's first Instagram exhibit
HK InstaYay is a group of Hong Kong Instagram obsessives and they are holding their first offline photo exhibit.
Co-founder Tyson Wheatley, whose day job is Senior Editor at CNN Digital, started the group with two friends a year ago.
HK InstaYay has since held 10 photo walks -- participants tour a visually interesting part of Hong Kong and take photos together. On their iPhones.
"The way that I take photos on my phone is the way that the majority of people will be doing in the next five years," says Wheatley.
"The technology is doing so much better. And the supporting apps are so good, it's like having a darkroom in your pocket."
Photos taken on an iPhone are then manipulated in iPhone apps, such as Camera+, Noir, Hipstamatic -- Wheatley's own favorites are Snapseed, Picfx and Filterstorm -- then broadcast on photo sharing app Instagram and pushed to social media platforms like Twitter and weibo.
Instagram is one of the fastest growing online communities for photo sharing. The app now has 27 million registered users, up from 15 million in December 2011.
The most validating thing, of course, is that Instagrammers have their own version of the "stuff people say" meme: "Stuff Instagrammers Say."
HK InstaYay hopes that its first photo exhibition will bring awareness to their non-profit interest group and get more people to join their photo walks.
And if anyone is actually interested in buying one of the prints, they will be put in touch with the photographer directly.
"Hong Kong InstaYay" photo exhibit. March 14 - April 11. V13 Bar, 13 Old Bailey St., Central, +852 8208 1313 . Opening party on March 14, 5 p.m. HK InstaYay Facebook page.