By Carter Caldwell, Photographer/Videographer
Photography exists in a variety of forms and is practiced and interpreted by people in many different ways.
Few people consider themselves professional photographers, compared to the number of people who call themselves amateurs. Somewhere within this category of amateur photographers lives a rather large group of people I like to call “Instagram-ers.”
The very existence of these Instagram-ers produces a troubling argument regarding the individual, artistic aspect of photography. Instagram is a smart phone application that manipulates an image, using a provided filter and posts it online for followers to see. The company website describes Instagram as “a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family. Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram.”
“Transform its look and feel.” Hm.
I believe photography is all about getting creative and finding your own, unique perspective through the lens. Putting thought and work into taking a photograph is what sets apart the true amateur and professional photographers from these Instagram-ers.
Instagram has brought about a sort of cookie cutter take on photography, where everything ends up looking the same. All it takes is selecting one of its filters, and the picture looks just like every other photo posted to the site.
Kate Bevan, a writer who specializes in technology and social media, says Instagram is the “antithesis of creativity,” and that it requires no creative or artistic thought to post.
So why buy into all the hype? Why not get creative in your own ways?
To all the Instagram-ers out there, I say break away from what’s trendy, and make something unique. Don’t blend in with the crowd, blaze yourself a new trail and do what nobody has done before!