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Instagramming Lebanon

April 28, 2014

Hariri Mosque in downtown Beirut.

I was a late-comer to Instagram. I preferred Tumblr, blogging online and occasional tweets with photos attached. Also, I was a bit judgmental of the use of filters. But when I came to Lebanon (and finally traded in my Nokia brick for a Smartphone), I really started to enjoy posting photos from my phone of daily life in this country. Initially, I was overwhelmed at the number of photos I wanted to post to Instagram – everything seemed so beautiful and interesting.

Today, I am not longer overwhelmed, but I still find so many things worth instagramming here. And I have fully embraced filters (as an aspiring photographer, I guess that sort of damages my street cred), though I do retain some of my pride for still mostly abstaining from selfies. I find something new to photograph every single day in Beirut, even when I walk the same street. There is too much to ever exhaust even the most enthusiastic Instagrammer.

If you enjoy Instagram as much as I do, please do send me a link to your profile, especially if you are in Lebanon! I love seeing how different people see this country through their phones. I have attached some of my favorite personal Instagram photos below, but it’s just not the same unless you see it on the app. You can find mine here:!

Still, for me, nothing beats great photography – but Instagram is pretty cool, too.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rich Hartmann permalink
    April 28, 2014 7:12 pm

    Well written article on the end user benefit for organizing & posting photos. Described your change using filters very well. Staying away from selfies is good.

    Thought of PaPa when he would travel using camera of his day when traveling. The huge camera with VHS or using slides that were developed. He always had the end user perspetive.

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