I could tell you about the perfect setting, pre-set, angle and apps, but I’m not entirely sure it would do what I’m about to say justice.
Tuesday before last, I noticed my Iphone camera roll hit a few thousand photos. It got me thinking, how often do we take multiple images to try and achieve the perfect angle, the perfect placement or the perfect pose. And once you get to the perfect photo, the process continues by selecting filters or editing out blemishes, and the endless possibilities that are now provided by apps. Which on average statistics say takes over an hour, and all for what?
Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in art and this is also my profession. However, I’m talking in the social media sense. I’ve heard too many conversations among different people, trying to take the perfect photo to impress the people following them on social media to increase their like count which intern can be a subconscious feeling of acceptance. Kinda ludicrous don’t you think?
The thought made me so mad, that I refused to use social media until I finished writing this piece, just to make sure what I had to say was going to flow with no real account of what was happening out there in the world.
All of this time unaccounted for wasted on a screen. Each person sees the world differently, and I think that is one of the most interesting elements about social media, but when we get carried away with comparison and what people think of us it is a real issue.
I looked at my own feed from that perspective and I don’t think my account will ever justify who I really am, and I actually don’t care.
I’ve realized that the perfect image doesn’t exist and that’s what makes taking pictures and filming so interesting. The moments you catch when no one is watching, when you’re not comparing your feed to Alexis Ren’s, when you actually just embrace the art of it and capturing your memories so you have them to look back on.
There’s no need to spend time documenting your life instead of enjoying it. People, when scrolling your feed take no more than a 3 second look at your photo, sometimes double tap and continue to scroll. Their life continues and so does yours.
So, I found through fasting social media, I was more focused on the important things and I slept much more peacefully. Regardless of the likes, the followers or the fake feeling of fame, I know, I would rather live my life enjoying the moments, not for instagram, but for my fridge door. That’s what I take pictures for.