This is what happens when you repost the same photo to Instagram over 300 times

Jan 15, 2020

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This is what happens when you repost the same photo to Instagram over 300 times

Jan 15, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Austrian photographer Janick Entremont recently performed an interesting experiment. He took a photo of himself and uploaded it to Instagram. Then he downloaded it, posted it again, and repeated this process 340 times to see what will happen. Thanks to Instagram’s compression, he ended up with a completely unrecognizable final image.

Janick made a separate Instagram account for his project, which he titled @facetinction | A (con)temporary portrait. Here is the original image he took and uploaded:

Here’s what was left after 80 downloads and reuploads:

And here’s the final image he got after repeating the process for 340 times:

The loss of quality and detail in the images is the result of generation loss. Basically, it’s like making a copy of a copy of a copy… over 300 times, in this case. Artist Pete Ashton did a similar project back in 2015, but with a significantly smaller number of images. For his project I Am Sitting In Stagram, he uploaded the same image 90 times, but still ended up with a quite significant quality loss.

“Quality loss and alienation of the picture are consequences of an algorithmic compression,” Janick explains. “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.”

Even if it had been done just for fun, I’d still find “Facetinction” amusing. It’s also pretty admirable when you think of the time and patience invested in downloading and uploading the same photo over and over again.

But, there’s more to this project than doing it just for fun. As Janick tells PetaPixel, this project is relevant for him on many levels: “the handling of our digital data, online or offline, and the flood of images. 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.”

You can view the project on Janick’s website or the dedicated Instagram page, and you can view his other work on his Instagram account.

[via PetaPixel]

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19 responses to “This is what happens when you repost the same photo to Instagram over 300 times”

  1. Robert Hicks Avatar
    Robert Hicks

    So what happens if you repeat articles about lossy compression being bad to repeat endlessly?

    1. jagigen Avatar
      jagigen

      The spelling gets better for each iteration. :)

      1. udi tirosh Avatar
        udi tirosh

        Touche my friend, Touche!

    2. Jason Mill Avatar
      Jason Mill

      Reading one of these articles damages brain cells just a little. 300 times would like a self inflicted lobotomy.

    3. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      But then all the articles would be new again, endless loop of pain

  2. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
    Вергунов Сергей

    So, digital is unlike analogue??

    1. Christopher Kinnee Avatar
      Christopher Kinnee

      Relevant xkcd: https://xkcd.com/1683/

  3. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    I just want sites like Facebook and Instagram to stop stripping Author EXIF copyright fields. I’m fine with them stripping out GPS and Photo EXIF data though. The Authorship and copyright bit is important to us and it feels like a violation when they remove it. ?

    1. Octi Avatar
      Octi

      Don’t upload it to a shitty site then

    2. Fritz Avatar
      Fritz

      Read the Terms and Conditions.

    3. Leong Qi Jin Avatar
      Leong Qi Jin

      W Douglas LeBlanc as far as I know, you can’t download Instagram photos unless you screenshot them, so EXIF has no meaning

      1. Nicole Reinke Avatar
        Nicole Reinke

        You can download them if you know how to. Use a downloadmanger and he makes a copy of whole sites

    4. Tyson Leith Avatar
      Tyson Leith

      Leong Qi Jin yes you can.

    5. Quinton Moore Avatar
      Quinton Moore

      Leong Qi Jin yes you can. Instagram is openable in a web browser. If there is an image displayed on a web browser it is downloadable.

  4. Moby D Avatar
    Moby D

    This seems like a complaint in search of a problem. The purpose stated doesn’t seem to relate to the experiment itself. *Scratches head*

    1. Yeah! Avatar
      Yeah!

      You scratch a lot of heads with that come filled mustache ??

  5. Antony Cousens Avatar
    Antony Cousens

    Here’s what happens if you do something no one in their right mind would ever do, unless they were writing an article about what happens if you do something no one in their right mind would ever do.

    1. Rumple Schleppskin Avatar
      Rumple Schleppskin

      I laughed, because this is something I would do, but I would never tell anyone (of the moronic of ways I spent the weekend) I wrote it.

  6. Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin Avatar
    Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin

    I wonder how this kind of experiment would stack up with 6tag, since that app upload photos to super high res of 2048px.

    P.S In case if you are wondering about 6tag, that is a third-party Instagram client for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile.