I have an Instagram account. I rarely use it. I’ve tried to use it, but for some reason, I can’t seem to get into the whole social media thing, whether it be Twitter (which I like), Facebook(Ho-hum), or Instagram. Some people take to it like the proverbial duck taking to water, and one of them is Ove, whose blog I used to follow; however, he’s not posted anything to the blog since January. I hope that he won’t mind me quoting him here:
So, what am I doing, then? It’s not that I lost my creativity. No. I’m at Instagram. Yes, you read it right. I make all images with my mobile phone. No Photoshop whatsoever. I even do colour. What makes this a great platform to me is that I can focus on the words that I often end up with in my head. I write a haiku for every image I make (in Swedish, though).
As a matter of fact, I hope that he’s still following and will leave a word or two about his experience with Instagram. I follow Ove on Instagram, and he follows me. The above photo, taken the other day, is the last one that I’ve posted on my account. I’m finding that if I take a photo or two, while I’m out on my walk, it’s easy enough to post it to Instagram and keep walking. I posted a few of my ‘feet’ photos there as well. Unlike Ove, I don’t have a haiku to post with them, or sometimes nothing much to say. It might have just been an interesting, to me, photo.
I listened to a video broadcast on iTunes University and the speaker was saying that Instagram is the wave of the future, as far as photography is concerned. He said that with billions of photos produced each year, it’s no longer about the individual photo that you have time to look at and admire, but now about the instantaneous photo stream. Even news outlets are getting into it, bypassing the editor, letting trusted photographers post directly to the company’s Instagram stream in order to be out front with the news, completely disposable photography, worth only a single glance, then off to the next one. I’m not sure that I’m there, just yet. It seems a bit overwhelming. Perhaps it’s just because of my personality type.
Anyway, how many of you use Instagram? If so, please include a link to your account so that I can follow. I’d like to see what’s going on out there.