I did myself a BIG favour during the Jubilee week. I stopped tweeting. The only tweets that landed on my twitter page that week (apart from a reply to a tweet) were the automated Photography Daily News ones pushed out around 5pm every night. To my surprise i found that i didn’t miss it.
My reasons for the tweeting break were many, but at the heart of it was a need to get away from it.. I adore Twitter and find that it’s great for finding out what’s going on out in the world of photography. It must be said though that a number of tweeters easily meet the EU quota for being self indulgent, self promoting, and self important. I don’t follow them but their ‘opinions’ still make it through to my photography feed. Dammit!
Even worse, these people don’t’ usually work as photographers, will jump on any passing bandwagon they can find, and dominate discussions in the belief that their opinions matter more than anyone else’s. They may know bugger all about a subject, but they will still blog about it as though THEY are the fountain of all knowledge. I won’t even go into the levels of negativity found on Twitter sometimes.
So what’s the cure? Tweeting breaks. I’ve got more on the way over the summer where the Twitter feed can just take care of itself. I will do something else.
Yes i have succumbed to the dark side of the force 🙂 I’m currently trying out Instagram just to see how it fits into my social networking. So far, i’m just feeling my way around the photo sharing service, and it does appear to have noticeable differences from other photography iPhone applications.
To many photographers Instagram and Hipstamatic are dirty words. Dirty, DIRTY words!!! While both of these photography applications are lumped together in criticism, i find they offer the user slightly different approaches to photography using an iPhone. Hipstamatic is far less of a social networking app than Instagram. I can certainly understand Facebook’s interest in purchasing Instagram… though not the price they paid for it.
So will i continue to use it? Well yes. I went out for a walk yesterday and tried to get to grips with what Instagram can do. Sadly i couldn’t upload any over a phone signal as i went along.. because there was NO phone signal out in the countryside. I did manage to eventually upload some images though by using a hotel’s free wi-fi signal.
As a device for visually showing what i’m up to, Instagram is perfect. It’s a visual tweet, a snapshot, a visual scrapbook – a moment in time. The here and now. I just need to settle in with it.
The main website has a Instagram gallery where you’ll be able to see new and old images at http://www.richardflintphoto.com/instagram-gallery/