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.