Top 10 Instagram Photos

I’ve had an Instagram account for 5 years but until last year I’ve not posted my work. Yesterday I posted my 406th shot, so I figure I will show my top ten here. My Instagram.

One of the top uses for Instagram photography is to promote smart phone photography. And there are some unwritten rules.

  • Only phone photography . (rarely)
  • Only shots that are made and posted at the same time . (only a couple times)
  • Lots of selfies! (Oh No Never!!)
  • Every image square, cropped square, or shot square . (only if it works, It’s not hip to be square.)

However rules are made to be broken and I broke them all.

  • I chose to post a new post every day but not necessarily made by my phone or created and posted at the same time.
  • Only one selfy shot 5 years ago, to test out this new photo app.
  • I started by cropping every image square but soon found it wildly restricting. So now I just post the best image I can.

Here are my top 10 images, by number of likes and the messages that accompany the images. Most are cropped to fit the square format.

These at one time or another were my top liked post on Instagram.

@JohnTupper – Top Ten

Walking Pod by Tin Man

Walking Pod by Tin Man ©John David Tupper

The Walking Pod by Tin Man (82 Likes)

The Walking Pod by Tin Man inspired by Theo Jansen is such an incredible work of art! Yes it actually walks! See it’s tracks in the picture.

I arrived early In the morning to find it in place on the playa. I loved the glowing red light. It looked alien like a half robot creature.

Actually it’s a full tent/camp that can walk around with sleeping quarters inside. How cool is that!!? I love the art and the maker creativity that’s out there.

Tin Man or Scott Parenteau has won numerous Maker and architectural awards for his unique dwellings including the Golden Rebar Grand Prize Award at Burning Man. See some more of his work Here.

If you can imagine it, make it, and bring it out to Burning Man, do it.

#BurningMan #TinMan


David Best, Temple of Grace

Temple Of Grace © John David Tupper

Temple Of Grace by David Best (82 Likes)

David Best Temple Of Grace. Beautiful and burning gracefully, falling with a lovely spin of the frame.

The temple is the place to reflect upon people, moments, and opportunities lost. To cry, to meditate, to forgive and let it go. There is no right or wrong, just respect the space for others.

I’m glad we have the temple. Temporary as life and all art is.

We are just specs on the time line of the universe. Once you reflect on that, you can smile, love and live life and not take it all so seriously.

#BurningMan #BurningManArt #TempleOfGrace


Abraxas Dragon At Sunrise

Abraxas Dragon At Sunrise ©John David Tupper

Abraxas Dragon At Sunrise (21 Likes, 220 Likes regrams)

Abraxas Dragon At Sunrise, I like this shot!

People joined to watch Burning Man’s first morning burn Embrace. They came to join the circle from every direction. Some on foot, some biked to later drop them in giant bike islands, and others in large mutant vehicle shuttles like Abraxas Dragon.

The shot really gets the flavor of a morning. People, bikes, and art cars everywhere while an amazing sunrise takes place.

I like the full mutant vehicle with tons of people aboard watching the sun rise, as two guys with playful hats walk towards the camera amongst the bikes. These three points of interest keeps my eye moving around the shot and brings me into the morning playa.


#BurningMan #AbraxasDragon #Caravancicle #burningman2014


Woman Tree by Valerie Elizabeth Mallory

Woman Tree © John David Tupper

WomenTree by Valerie Mallory (72 Likes)

WomenTree by Valerie Mallory. This is the color version of this haunting artwork.

I shot this at Burning Man 2014 early one morning.

Last Year Valerie Mallory was back with another sculpture called Soul Refuge. The piece was made to look like a crumbling old building from a distance but as one got closer the spirits or souls would be revealed.

See pictures of all her Burning Man Sculptures by clicking #womentree on Instagram.

#BurningMan #womentree #BlackRockCity #burningman2014 #Installationart #sculpture #playasunrise


Burning Man Flowers

Playa Flowers @ John David Tupper

Blumen Lumen, Burning Man 2014 by Foldhaus Artist Collective (85 Likes, 205 Likes regrams)

Blumen Lumen by Foldhaus Artist Collective is a collection of flowers, ranging from 10′ to 15′.

The buds are primarily constructed from corrugated plastic sheets that have been plastic welded and folded. These tessellated fold pattern creates flower buds that open and close as the flexible stems move gently in the wind. Between and around the stems are “garden stones” constructed from marine plywood with pressure pads on top, treated to look like stones, that sense when people are standing on them. The translucency of the plastic materials allow for an array of vivid, varying diffusions of colored light. Through the use of computer control and sensors, endless patterns of colors and color movement fill the tessellated material as well as the ground space under it. Small speakers mounted within the stems and buds of the piece play ambient and organic sounds based on sensed movement and other programmed events. Electronic control and integration of the sensor array and lighting, sound, and motion, is provided by multiple Arduino (or Raspberry Pi) programmable boards and likely connection to a low-power old laptop computer or tablet computer for on-the-fly changes to the audio and lighting program selection. The Blumen Lumen project seeks to create not just interaction, but an awareness of the importance and influence of one’s own behavior, particularly within a group, on nature and its ability to thrive. Put another way, this piece may reveal to people that the more they ignore nature (such as by physically passing it by quickly), the more nature will ignore them (by not “activating” and providing them with an interactive experience).

I’ve seen pictures of these with the flowers lit up but I don’t remember ever seeing it in person. This was one of four or five flower themed installation pieces that made it out there that year. I loved how they looked in the dust. Like a surreal garden deep within the rabbit hole. Not surprising, 2016’s art is mushrooms. Alice would be right at home.

It’s funny how serendipity works that artist all make similar works the same year. In 2013 it was chapel or churches.

Blumen Lumen in the dust.

Guy rides past desert flowers of Blumen Lumen.

These made it to a bunch of festivals. I think the project is tied to designers at IDEO but not 100% sure just 99%.

#blumenlumen #BurningMan #BurningManArt #burningman2014 #BlackRockCity #installationart #industwetrust


REvolution by Marco Cochrane

R-Evolution by Marco Cochrane © John David Tupper

R-Evolution, Burning Man 2014 by Marco Cochrane (103 Likes)

R-Evolution, Burning Man 2014 by Marco Cochrane is part of a three art piece called the Bliss Project. The whole project is keyed to recognize women and their power beyond the sexual, women beyond the place of object but of life’s source energy. It’s to honor the power women evoke and deserve and to end the abuse of women.

Marco Cochrane was back with R-Evolution part of his Bliss Project. First was Bliss Dance, then Truth is Beauty and now this one. All are powerful and beautiful pieces.

This was shot with my iPhone. Due to that its not the best file but it was my top liked Instagram picture coming out of 2015.

#truthisbeauty #blissproject #revolution #blissdance #marcocochrane #playaart #blackrockcity #BurningMan2015 #Installationart #burningman


Burning Man and REvolution

REvolution and The Man © John David Tupper

Standing Around, Bliss Project by Marco Cochrane (116 Likes)

Standing Around.

This is my third most popular post to date. I like how the Two sculptures of The Man and R-Evolution mimic each other. To show this I used a telephoto lens and like my most popular image of the Love sculpture nobody knew what I was shooting from far away.

#burners #BurningMan #blissdance #BlackRockCity #burningman2015 #playaart #installationart #industwetrust #marcocochrane #truthisbeauty #REvolution


REvolution and the Man

I Am You And We Are Everywhere © John David Tupper

I Am You And We Are Everywhere (109 Likes)

I am you and we are everywhere. One of the cool things about R-Evolution was the movement of the sculpture. As it stood it, looked perfectly still, but if you got under it you would see that the sculpture breathed! I didn’t notice it but I have seen some footage of it and it blows my mind on how good Marco’s work is. Wow! She Breaths!

#marcocochrane #BlissDance #burningman2015 #TruthIsBeauty #BurningMan #BlackRockCity #BurningManArt #installationart #playaart #REvolution


One of four entrances to the Burning Man Midway area, 2015.

Midway Gate © John David Tupper

A Man Got Your Tongue? (120 Likes)

A Man Got Your Tongue? Burning Man gateway to enter the midway area around the man.

This is my second most popular post to date. On the other gates were elephants, and the Devil. I’m not sure if there were three or four midway entrance gates.

I guess there were four. This one is Lulu, The “pop music nerd girl”.

I have designed four gates as the entrances to the Pavilion at the base of the Man. These are inspired by the entrances that traditionally welcomed visitors to carnivals around the world, in which one enters by walking into the mouth of an enormous head. There are 4 entrances: one is an evil-curious devil, the other is a pop music nerd girl named Lulu, one is a tiger inspired by William Blake’s famous poem, and the last is a pair of elephants with sad eyes that ask you to “abandon all despair” as you enter (should you prefer not to walk into the mouth of a frightening figure). from Burning Man Org contact

#theman #BurningMan #BlackRockCity #carnivalofmirrors #playaart #burningmanart #BurningMan2015


Love sculpture

Alexandr Milov, Love © John David Tupper

Love by Alexandr Milov (141 Likes)

LOVE is a sculpture by Alexandr Milov. It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature. The figures of the protagonists are made in the form of big metal cages, where their inner selves are captivated. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children , who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children chart to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives.

Love sculpture, Burning Man 2015. One of to more powerful pieces there. I loved how the sun hadn’t hit the far mountain yet. The sun was just beginning to hit the mountain so after about ten minutes of waiting for the people to clear I just shot anyhow.

With a long telephoto lens I could compress the distant mountains and use the shadow as a dark sky as the light lite up the baby sculptures. I like how it came out. It is the only shot of this great installation art that used such compression as all the shots I see are wide angle. One advantage of shooting wide is your close to the sculpture, if someone is hanging out you can kindly ask them to step aside so you can get a clean shot of the art. But from a hundred yards away that is not possible. I waited but they were not moving. Oh Well!

I think it may have been a stronger shot of the art without the people but who knows. Maybe this is the way it was supposed to be.

#alexandermilov #love #burningman #carnivalofmirrors #burningman2015

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