In the early 2000s early forms of social media were blogging, MySpace and LinkedIn were places to share personal content and photos and also have a following. Blogging is more popular than ever, MySpace still exists and LinkedIn has moved to support business aspects of social media such as job searches, resumes, business news, business contacts etc. By 2006 Facebook and Twitter became popular followed by Instagram in 2010, then Snapchat which is most recent.
Out of all of these social medias mentioned the most photographically driven social media platform. The app is designed to take a photo first then add your comment to the photo. Other socials medias allow for text and/or image.
Instagram’s use of photography has made the world smaller because you can visit anywhere in the world in a split second. I follow Natgeo on Insta and they post photos of landscapes, animals, and cultures all over the world, all day long. I am a visual person, so I am able to remember the names of places and learn about countries I’ve never heard of every day!
Shared human experiences and meaningful content have homogenized photographs as a result. The capabilities of cell phones as well as the affordability of digital cameras has made it easier than ever to get the perfect photo. Also, the filters available on Instagram can assist in a quick collection of photos to appear as a series. For example, a series of black and white images of portraits, food or of leaves is quick and easy on Instagram.
Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of amateur photographers out there who use bad compositions, bad lighting, weird subject matter. I don’t think the art of photography is completely lost to a professional photograph! There is an art to telling a story using images, there is an art to color harmony, foreground, background, use of thirds, depth and lines can all be studied and perfected and create images above all others that make you want to scroll back up and see who the “photographer” was.
This was a fun topic for me to write about for my History of Photography class that I am taking as part of my studies earing a Bachelor Degree in Graphic & Media Design. Please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts.