I feel instagram is our modern version of the japanese verse Haiku. ’Impressions whose brevity would guarantee their perfection, whose simplicity would attest to their profundity. While being quite intelligible, a haiku means nothing, and it is by this double condition that it seems open to meaning.’ wrote Roland Barthes, french philosopher, linguist, critic and semiotician, who lived in Japan studying its culture through its symbols.
'You are entitled says the 'haiku', to be trivial, short, ordinary; enclose what you see, what you feel, in a slender horizon of words, and you will be interesting; you yourself (and starting from yourself) are entitled to establish your own notability; your sentence, whatever it may be, will enunciate a moral, will liberate a symbol, you will be profound: at the least possible cost, your writing will be filled.' from The Breach of Meaning, by Roland Barthes, in the magnificent book Empire of Signs.
On the image, a historical photography showing the process of the Golden Gate bridge being built. When photography was used as a registry of urban transformation and the clash that modernization brought to the world. I wonder how it will be to see our instagrams as haikus in 100 years?