Most probably you heard about Instagram, and most probably most of you already use/used it, some of you may hate it and some of you may love it and can’t live without it, what the case may be I, if you really enjoy art (especially photography) then read along.
For those of you who don’t know what Instagram is please read along, and if you already do know, please skip this paragraph.
What is Instagram ?
1- As an application:
Put simply, Instagram is a photo app that is available for free from the iTunes App Store and from Google Play. If you own a Blackberry, a Windows Phone or anything other than a mobile Apple device or Android device, you won’t be able to use Instagram. The app is currently only available for Apple and Android devices.
2- As a social network:
On Instagram, you can follow other users’ photo streams as they post them and you can be followed back by those users (or other users) as well. Using the “Profile” icon located on the lower menu of the Instagram screen, you can search for friends by name or find friends that are already connected to you on other social networks like Facebook or Twitter. (Twitter is not available anymore)
Instagram and the Psychology of people:
People love the past, and we always wish that the past comes back, and we always picture the past to be much better than the present. Bottom line, people are nostalgic, and nostalgia means, feed people with signs of the beautiful past and they will follow.
That’s exactly what Instagram does, who doesn’t like the effect of the Polaroid image discoloration? I know I do. Actually we don’t like the effect itself, because I don’t think we like to see faint people, but we long to a past day where life was brighter.
Am I with or against Instagram?
Well, to be honest I use it on a daily basis, although I am a hobbyist photographer, but I do use Instagram and I like it, Anyway I don’t consider “Instagraming” as part of my photography, it’s just documentation of my daily life.
I can’t say I am with or against Instagram, because I like it as social media tool and I use it regularly, but on the other hand I don’t like that some people take it further to think that they are real photographers and they start bragging about how artistic and beautiful their photographs are. A photographer studies his picture, checking it from every angle, make the right composition and spend hours retouching and editing so it will appear as perfect as it can be, so for you my friend, who think that your Instagram photos are real photography, I tell you to stand down, and limit yourself to the barriers of your “kelvin” effect.