For around 8 years or so I have had an Instagram account, not unlike a lot of other people. I mostly use it for business, to show off what I do. I use it to connect with people and also to see what others are doing. I sometimes post a photo of someone or something I think is lovely, namely a dog, offspring, or significant other, maybe even a selfie bahaha! Even when I’m not posting, I will always have an oul scroll. I love the visual nature of the platform. Photo first and as much or as little as you want to read.
One of my favourite things about Insta is how accessible it makes art. I have found new artists, people who are both in my locale and further afield in the world who I might not have otherwise encountered before Instagram.
Since joining I have a new found admiration for a tonnes of stuff. Ariel acrobatics is a new-found joy to behold. Seeing what the human body can do (elegantly) while suspended in mid air blows my mind. Hey, I might even give it a go one day but for now it’s yoga, for beginners (again isn’t it amazing what people can do with their bodies?). I have discovered new styles of tattoo art that I had never seen before. I can ogle no end of classic cars. World standard architecture is now available at a press and gemstones too. All without so much as a subscription fee to any of the relevant magazines. It’s a visual treat for sure and has brought a wider array of art to a much larger audience. It wasn’t so long ago that if you couldn’t travel to a museum or gallery, a black and white print in a book from your local library would have to suffice.
Could it all be too much though? Are our eyes becoming blind to great work due to over exposure? Do we risk scrolling straight past the next Picasso or Frank Lloyd Wright? Is a magnificent feat of engineering or master piece on canvas only vaguely impressive when scrolling on our 5” x 4” screen? Are we Insta-immune to greatness?
Alternatively, is the opportunity to see so much more, only inspiring us to strive harder and faster than ever before, to create something of equal or more brilliance? Are the likes of Instagram and YouTube actually doing a similar job to that of psychedelics in the 1960s, feeding our conscience with alternative ideas? Taking the comparison a wee bit too far p’aps?
Some will say that such social media only fuels copyright infringement. I know of cases where big industry has unashamedly stolen the design concepts of small manufacturers without so much as a credit. It happens, and ideas are reused. I do think though that for the most part Instagram serves as an amazing tool and recourse for creative people and art lovers the world over.
Some Insta days are for checking out travel writers in sunnier climes, wondering how many holidays some non travel writers can fit into a year, or drooling over dishes by our favourite celeb chefs. Others are spent checking out new techniques and making more meaningful connections. Whatever you think of Instagram I think it’s fair to say we have seen a visual revolution.
What are your opinions about Instagram? Check out my own instagram and also take a look at some of my favourite profiles. It’s a mixed bag but they all inspire me in some way. I’m not going to explain each one here but click away yourself. Feck, you may even want to commission someone, take a class or join a club.