I used to carry a camera everywhere, ready to pull it out when I find something picture-worthy. These days, I clutch my iPhone and get ready to shoot when the mood hits me. I must say I love the iPhone6 camera because it is so much better than any of its predecessors, and I’ve been trying to learn how to maximize its utility — and it IS endless.
For those who have been reading my posts here, you all know I am on Flickr and also on Instagram (see my side widgets for my feed), so my pictures don’t go to waste. And while the former is more for photo storage (yes, I’m a paying customer!), the latter has been a very good social tool and a different means of keeping my photos and stories together.
It’s not so much to maintain an online presence. I have several hashtags that have become a series such as #OnMyWayHome (pictures snapped at the end of the day), #LookingUp (which are photos of the camera facing up, because I think we should always try to look at things differently), and now, #IGstoriesByGothamChick.
These are photos with stories typed on them in four sentences or less. Another hit of inspiration, I guess. Below are the first two.
I look at the photo and think of a story, and whatever hits me at that particular moment, I try to condense into a very short blub. It’s like how you look at strangers conversing in the park or at a distance, and you imagine what it is they might talking about.
I joined Instagram last year, and as of this writing, I have 1078 posts, 335 followers and I’m following 213 others. I’m not really posting to get followers (just as I am not blogging to rack up readership) — but it’s nice when I find people like what I post. The followers fluctuate only because others who decide to follow me are usually looking for commercial hits or likes back, and I am not too keen about going commercial. (Again, even here.)
So why am I on Instagram?
I love the way Instagram allows me to show my world without revealing too many details, save for the visual. I can whip out the phone, snap a photo on the street, put one single sentence and then some hashtags and I am done. Some pictures don’t even need any explanation at all. I don’t need to take more effort beyond editing the picture, perhaps, or correcting some minor flaws. For the most part, I try not to touch the photos or deviate from the original much except when I want to emphasize a certain aspect of the photo, or when I deliberately stylize the phot and turn it into artwork.
There is a community of photographers out there who share their world on Instagram with fellow IGers like me. And these ran the gamut of professionals to amateurs who show me another side of the world via their own posts. It’s a community of people sharing a part of themselves through their photographs. Like most social platforms, there are new friendships formed even if only online. It’s a less intrusive and yet prompt way to keep up with others — be it actual friends or people whose accounts I simply bumped into randomly.
I have even gotten to know at least one professional photographer who actually requested to take pictures from my perch atop one of the highest floors of the buildings in Midtown. His photographs are truly breathtaking, and I’m looking to get a return favor by getting access to one of my photo bucket lists in Manhattan one of these days.
I have yet to meet another online entrepreneur whose shoes I proudly wear. One day soon, Kelly.
I have always loved to take photographs. There is something about capturing a moment or a glimpse of time and keeping that scene immortalized in a snapshot. Way back when I was trying to get into college, one of the educational institutions I tried out for successfully told me my test scores showed I had an eye for photography. Or as she had put it, I had a talent for pictures.
I often see people lugging around expensive cameras and I have to admit there have been moments when I had been green with envy. Those fancy cameras actually have a rather musical click which makes me stop and look when I hear it near me. And yet it has been proven time and again that although the big cameras with their many adjustments CAN take very crisp pictures, those great photos are taken by someone who has a talent for composition and style, be it with a disposable camera or a DSLR with a fancy lens.
Yes, there are stories to be told on instagram. Stories like yours and mine — and in the case of my #IGstories, pictures with stories in four sentences or less.
For those who aren’t on iphone, you can access instagram by typing http://www.instagram.com/gothamchick to go to my account, or click on the feed to the right.