With the popularity of Instagram and the many social tools out there to share pictures, we have more avenues to disclose our daily lives to the public. Communities and memes have been created and in essence new social norms have been formed. It’s ‘normal’ now to take pictures of your food before eating, it’s unfortunately acceptable to have your phone out while being in the company of friends and family and it’s fun to take pictures of every nuance of your day (ie happy face peace sign in the middle of nowhere street!)
I have started to re-evaluate what I share in the social media realm and assess what I share convey about me. If you go through my Instagram feed, you can see over 75% of the time is about food and drinking.
The other snaps are of ‘moments’ I experience at that very…moment.
But as I thumb through my feed, I started to cringe. I cringe that my stream is pretty inconsistent of the candid vs the creative. My Type A personality doesn’t like inconsistency and imperfections. My internal ‘ugh’ goes off when I see a pixelated picture, an image that hasn’t been cropped properly or a well-crafted image followed by a picture of some hilarious mistranslated hair brush I saw at a store.
In the last few weeks, I’ve decided to take a different direction of what I want to post and follow the initial intention of Instagram: to allow photographers of all skills to share their art. Unbeknownst to many, I have a design background which at times manifests itself in the forms of crafts, writing, and cooking. But I take true joy in photography and its indefinite possibilities of creativity within one snap. I’ll continue to take drool worthy pictures of my eating habits and snap images of beautiful Vancouver but I’ll do so with more care and with my photography lessons in mind.
I’ll also continue to smile, envy, mock, laugh, like, and comment on candid photos of your feet at the beach, your empty dish that you just inhaled, your funny looking pets and your epic road trips to Portland.
For me, I want to be forced to learn how to take ‘good’ photos but at the same time have fun with it. I’ve placed a process for myself and it would be a social experiment of where it would lead me.
- Don’t overuse filters
- If I’m with company, take only at most 3 shots of something
- Provide better description / caption of the photo
- Reduce my hashtags
- If I’m not 95% happy with a picture, I won’t post it
So here we go!