Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Finding the Shot

A while ago I read an interesting study about people becoming depressed due to 'everyone else having a great life' and flaunting it on Facebook and Instagram.  Last week I read a light-hearted article discussing it.  I see how this could become a problem; afterall, people have blamed every other technical advancement for their own inadequacies- why stop now?

For anyone complaining that Facebook or Instagram is making them feel bad I'd ask the following questions:
1) Are you 12?
2) Do you think people would put up photos of themselves doing anything but amazing things? (I guess some people think photographing dinner is amazing)
3) Is this any different to people telling stories of their amazing weekend?  (great photos may even reduce embellishment...)

The people I follow on Instagram are chosen BECAUSE they put up great photos.  I like to look at photos that show people having an amazing life.  It gives me ideas, not only on how to make my life more exciting, but how to photograph my own life because it is just as exciting as most others'.

I'd suggest the majority of those who shift the blame to Facebook or Instagram are those who cannot, or don't want to see that any life can be made to look amazing in photo.  The art is in finding the shot, not setting up the subject.  But that would require hard work and self discipline...

Some of my favourite Instagram accounts:
Ashley Baxter
Caleb Farro
Clint Kimmins
David Darbyshire
Garrett Chow
Jered Gruber
Joel Parkinson

But the best by far, is Mike Escamilla

Go out and take photos of your amazing life.  Make your friends jealous.  I'll do the same.

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