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What Happens When You Post A Photo On Instagram Hundreds Of Times?

A photographer posted a photo of himself to Instagram 300 times. Janick Entremont did this to see what the platform’s compression algorithms will do the the image. And as his reupload count increases, the more blurry and pixelated his face looked like once it was posted on the social media platform. Entremont shared that the quality of the picture was lost, as PetaPixel detailed: 

“Quality loss and alienation of the picture are consequences of an algorithmic compression,” Entremont writes. “What will last from your digital data? Not existing faces are created – instead, some that already exist are arranged to fit. Being altered and changing becomes one. Until nothing is the same anymore.”
“For me, the project is relevant on many levels: The handling of our digital data, online or offline, and the flood of images,” Entremont tells PetaPixel. “How improper use of social media changes our well-being and our appearance (regarding trends). Up to the constant surveillance and face recognition as it is common in China.”

image via PetaPixel


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