There’s something that’s been brewing in my mind for days. It’s got to do with the whole Instagram culture. Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram and think it’s such a cool platform. However, I found myself getting lost in it. Lost in a way of valuing my photography by the number of followers I have. Right now, for every follower I get, I lose three. That fact used to make me feel as if I was doing something wrong or my photos were lacking the wow factor.

Worrying about numbers only snowballed from there. Besides feeling untalented and cliche, I fell into the habit of worrying and over analyzing every photo I would upload; Is it good enough?, Would people like it? Or what time of the day would result with the most hits. As someone who chose photography as a full time career, I have to hussle to succeed. Instagram is a big pond and what chance do I have? Instagram can be an amazing platform for opportunities, once you’ve already made it. But, while you’re still trying to break through, it can totally bring you down. Especially because photography is my career choice and every setback feels as if it won’t ever happen to me.

I love taking photos and sharing them with you all. Also, only a fool would say the likes and comments don’t feel good. But, I don’t want the feedback itself to determine my value as an artist. I did a strange thing this morning. I unfollowed over 150 Instagram famous streams and decided to start with a pretty much clean slate. I am done with wanting to be in their place. I mean, it would be nice to blow up and get all those opportunities but I don’t want it to mess with my mind, ever again. Stressing about things you can’t change is pointless. I decided to get off the mainstream wagon and search for modest streams with great and unique photos. Not that I think my photos are great and unique but, you have to do things differently in order to get different results. I just want to go back to the basics. Honestly, I’m tired of kayak on a lake and feet sticking out of a van photos.  I mean, it’s all good photography but when you see the same thing over and over again, it becomes boring. Just a personal thing.

Also, I don’t want to be that person who isn’t happy about the support she already has. I’m grateful for every single like and kind comment I get from you guys. I don’t ever wanna forget where I started from. Or how many times your nice feedback made me feel good.

God bless and thank you all so much for supporting me throughout all this years. Please, share your thoughts on Instagram fame and how to draw the line before you let it get to you.

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    Angélica

    March 15, 2017

    I’ve been following for years now, first on Flick and now on Instagram (of course ;)). To me you are such an amazing photographer! And I feel the same as you about Instagram fame. I struggle with it as well. Lots of people (in real life) tell me how great my photography is and how I should make it my job etc. etc. and then I realize ‘but… I have only 800 followers on Instagram! Important people have like 50,000!’ or things like that. Which is absolutely crazy, because the amount of followers doesn’t say a thing about your photography skills and quality.

    I’m not interested in creating a perfect Instagram feed or just edit my pictures with one filter so it will look perfect together. I try to use Instagram just like it used to be: a fun platform to just show your pictures, instead of it being some sort of portfolio where you display your best work (and use the best tags and timing so you’ll get the most likes… bleh)

    Anyway, that being said, I really love your stream. It’s refreshing and authentic and to be honest I’m quiet sick with all the same looking ‘travel’ or ‘lifestyle’ pictures… I think in the end it will pay off to just be you :) /rant

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      Angélica

      March 15, 2017

      *following YOU for years now ;)

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        Ines

        March 16, 2017

        Thank you :)) It’s good to hear I’m not the only one having problems with it. As an artist, you don’t wanna be fake but, as a business owner, you have to break through. Otherwise, you’ll be starving artist. I hope we all succeed in whatever we do :)

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    Lucija

    March 15, 2017

    I’ve been following you for a long time now, ever since l stumbled upon your Flickr profile (December sun at the time), and ever since that you’ve been someone l honestly admire for their work and photos. Maybe some of us will never get to have “big numbers” on Instagram, but l’d like to think that if you managed to be just one person’s inspiration with your work, it’s worth more than any number, on any social page. :)

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      Ines

      March 16, 2017

      You are absolutely right. There were moments where I would forgot about all the people who already like my work. I think we’re all guilty of such things, nothing is never good enough as we want more and more. We should just stop and enjoy the process!

      Thank you :)

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    DH2928563

    April 30, 2017

    All of my likes on instagram are your photos. Love the natural and not “overlooked” style of your photos: turning the ordinary into something beautiful. Keep it up! 😁

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      Ines

      May 10, 2017

      Thank you :)

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    Anna

    August 9, 2017

    I’ve been following you on Flickr and love your work (now I need to find you on Instagram)! For a very long time Flickr has been a very good photography platform especially for analog photographers (as I am one) but then suddenly all of them moved to Instagram. I didn’t want to follow them in the first place but ended up doing so since it can indeed help in business. I understand your struggle and I agree about the fact that somehow most popular Instagram accounts post kind of the same stuff – applying the same filters and always stiking to the same subject. Funny enough, if your profile is more versatile and interesting, it’s more difficult to make your way up. I enjoyed reading your post since I’ve been through the same phase. However, with time, if you learn how to grow your community in an intelligent way, Instagram can really help you business-wise. I made a lot of important and interesting connections via Instagram and I’m not that much followed :) So I agree with your opinion and I think you will manage to find use of Instagram bonds even if you don’t get to the level of “kayak on a lake and feet sticking out of a van photos” :D Especially because you’re really talented and have a few fans, as I see in the comments below, that don’t care how popular you are on Instagram :)

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