Instagram...is it worth it?

01 October 19

As a fairly long term user of Instagram, Although I would go through spells of posting more regularly - I've never put too much stock in posting lots of my work on Instagram. 

Since getting into street photography earlier this year, I've discovered a huge community of street photographers who share their work on a daily basis - which I have now got involved with. I'm currently posting an image a day on my brand new Instagram account Streets.Okay - make sure you come and follow if you like some of my work.

Some of the content I'm posting is brand new, while some of it is coming from my archives of shooting events, where I feel it fits the category of 'Street Photography' - but this seems to be a fairly hotly debated topic within the street photography community, time after time I see comments stating 'this isn't street photography' or 'you're posting this in the wrong group'. Street photography draws a very close line to documentary photography and vacation photography which are entirely different genres. I personally feel more comfortable posting my work as street photography, but I do understand why these debates arise.

Instagram is a fascinating place, it generates imagery and discussion about images from all walks of life and I love being able to see into the heart other cultures. Many of the top street photographers I follow use Instagram to drive people to their site which will eventually trickles down into print sales. In the long term, I hope to develop this site and my new Instagram account into a successful online store selling prints. I see many street photographers making a living from image sales - and, I know I have a long way to go to get there, but it will be a journey I will enjoy whilst I find a style of shooting and editing that I'm really happy with.

I currently see this website as a bit of a notepad, I'll post things here I like and as all creative things, it will evolve - and as my imagery changes, the site and what you'll see here will change with it. 

As for the question, is Instagram worth it? Well, I don't know...and at the moment, I don't particularly care. It's still early days....and my 86* followers have been kind enough to hit that follow button. I see that as 86 more people will see my imagery than if I didn't post anything at all. Yes there are alternative places I could be posting my work, and Instagram algorithms aren't what they used to be...but for now, I'll keep going. Give it 6 months, and I'll come back to this topic!

...mean while, here are some of my images I kind like.

Sheepskin Coats

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Welcome to another adventure.

23 September 19

The good thing about street photography, is that it's always there. You don't have to wait for a certain time or date to go and shoot and you don't need accreditation or a press pass - just go and shoot, you're free!

Welcome to the new blog! This is a brand new venture for me - and one which I'm really enjoying. As a photographer, my background is in commercial and events photography, which I still love and do on a daily basis. My interest in street photography started growing in the early months of 2019 while I researched my honeymoon in America (New York, Orlando and Clearwater Beach) ...it was the perfect way to start married life.

I initially started hunting out places to visit and spots to photograph so that we'd have some cool honeymoon shots to frame on our walls at home, naturally this led me towards street photography. It wasn't long before I stumbled across some videos by a photographer named Sean Tucker. If you've never seen any of his videos, they're more than worth a watch - I'm certainly not the only one who has found inspiration here. Watch this trailer and decide for yourself...

This site is currently very much work in progress, and a fair bit of what you see in Collections has been taken from my previous work shooting at events. I've always found that photographing events, especially the way I approach music festival photography produces imagery that can easily drop into the street photography genre.

As a newbie to the street photography scene, I'm learning all the time by sharing, reading, joining groups and photo walks to share ideas with similar minded people. It's going to be a journey to define a style for myself and I'll be out there looking for inspiration from all walks of life.

Thanks for stopping by, Will

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