Instagram Is Not A Photography App, It’s A Photographer App

As silly as this sounds, I’ve had trouble wrapping my head around Instagram. I think I’ve finally figured it out.

At first glance, it seems like a photo sharing app. But if it were, it would be the worst photography app of all time: no website, no way to get your photos (as they are cropped on Instagram), no folders, groups, or organization.

It finally occurred to me that Instagram photos are basically “visual status updates”, kind of like a postcard from the present moment. It’s a very tiny photo blog, an image-based public journal.

I’ve been posting “photography” on the service, but I’m considering changing things up a bit. I’m thinking the photos one posts should be at the time they are happening, and should tell a small story: where you are, what you are doing, who you’re with. Sure, they may still be “photography”, but they shouldn’t be about the photography but rather about the photographer.

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