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Social Media - My opinion, thoughts and observations

Oct 21, 2018

The good, the bad and the discraceful.... I'll keep it brief, honest and straight to the point.  “Like” it or not, these are my words and opinions only. 

 

Not everyone is into social media and as a private person and an introvert I find it an invasion of privacy, mentally draining and sometimes quite annoying to be honest. I do however acknowledge that sometimes it can provide useful, helpful information to others.  I prefer to live my life and EVOLVE my photography in a private manner by minding my own business which could be considered strange in today’s narcissistic, privacy invading, attention seeking world.  As primarily a landscape and built environment photographer, I use social media because it's a necessary evil in order to get exposure but I will never try to mislead the viewer, stage images or put myself into the frame in the desperate search to be "liked". As an artist I don't care less about popularity and I'm not motivated by it and I would certainly not allow myself to be constrained by it.  My photography is first and foremost about respecting and recording the environment, it’s not about enhancing my popularity.  The Instagram photographer seems to be more concerned with being popular than being original which is a sad reflection of a largely vacuous self-absorbed modern society.  Consistantly posting the same Instagram proven style of image for "likes" is a creativity killer, and so is shooting the well worn cheesy cliches.  The so called "influencers" or Instagrammers who break the law, risk their lives and vandalise sensitive areas all to show off or promote themselves or products I have no respect for.  The fact that people are losing their lives trying to satisfy their insecurities in the never ending quest for popularity is a sad and pathetic. 

I prefer to admire the work of genuine people and genuine creatives that produce original, meaningful, thought provoking imagery without having to rely heavily on post production and if they do, they are open and transparent to the public and their clients with their disclosure.  It's called ethics.  I also gain inspiration from the quiet achievers in the photography world with low followings many of whom consistantly produce outstanding photography far superior to almost anything else out there both technically and creatively but don't care to seek the limelight and just go about their craft in a quiet and respectful fashion with lots of passion.  I admire the photographers that are always trying new things by taking artistic risks and not worried about protecting their social media profile.  I admire the photographers that push the limits with their own ideas and not just copy others. I admire the photographers that work long and hard in the field in tough conditions to make new unseen images, and if they don't work out, they go back relentlessly until they do.  I admire the photographers that aren't at all influenced by social media trends, don't sook about low engagement, respect the law and the environment and just get on with it.  Because the real world isn't always pretty and glorified, and in the real world “likes” mean nothing...