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 of like.