9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover"

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - student project

After exploring and traveling internationally, my Instagram profile had taken on a different style and a life of it's own. When I returned home, I really wanted it to reflect and give off the feel of South Africa again. I decided to explore some abandoned buildings in Johannesburg, capture the grit of the city again and ultimately refresh my profile so it would feel "proudly South African."

I headed out with the intention of capturing images that could only be captured in Johannesburg, armed with a Galaxy S5 and a Moment Wide Lens I made my way through a few buildings, found some rooftops and intercepted some places I wasn't allowed to go.

This is what my grid (first 9 visible photos on Instagram) looked liked just before the refresh:

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 1 - student project

This is what my grid (first 9 visible photos on Instagram) looked like just after the refresh:

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 2 - student project

After the refresh of my account, I also updated my Profile to what it is now. Because I like smiling and yellow, I changed my profile picture to the one below. I also updated my bio and tweaked my editing style slightly so it would look new and feel South African again.

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 3 - student project

Below are the images I used to give my profile a makeover. As you can see they've got a very consistent style in the editing and theme. As 9 images they tell a story and I try to always portray a unique perspective in whatever I shoot.

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 4 - student project

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 5 - student project

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 6 - student project

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 7 - student project

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 8 - student project

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 9 - student project

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 10 - student project

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 11 - student project

9 Photos to an Instagram Profile "Makeover" - image 12 - student project

Gareth Pon
Filmmaker : Photographer : Creative Consultant
Teacher