What Instagram is for me

You all know that I love Instagram so I want to share with you how I see this virtual reality. I hope this is helpful to understand why I do what I do and how it differs from actual daily life.

I’m on IG since 2012, crazy right? The way I see this social has dramatically changed over the years and so has my photography. It all started as a fun way to post whatever I wanted to share and it slowly evolved into something else. Instagram has woken a passion that I always had but it had no voice.

Over the years I slowly shifted to a more polished photography style, I’ve tried millions of time to create a composition of elements that would blend nicely, creating something pleasant for the eyes. I’ve taught myself how to use a camera (not quite there yet but photography is something you NEVER stop learning). I became familiar with words like: shutter speed, ISO, raw format, aperture and so on. I’ve tried several apps before shifting to a professional editing program (Lightroom) and now I’d like to learn to use Photoshop.

No one ever taught me anything, I’ve researched, watched tutorials, created virtual mood boards in my head and put them to life, I got angry, frustrated and I took horrible pictures along the way.

-WHY?-

Why create a picture that is not real? It’s a question I get asked a lot and there is only one explanation for it: because I LOVE IT. There is nothing that gives me more pleasure as seeing beautiful, inspiring images. Even if they are staged they can still be captivating, they can still tell a story. You need to envision what that person is trying to communicate, what they are trying to show you. We are visual creatures and it doesn’t come as a surprise that we are fascinated by beautiful images.

-Why not share REAL LIFE THEN?-

Because those are not the pictures I want to see on IG. I want to escape from the daily routine, I want to dream of a gorgeous breakfasts, travel around the world, forgetting about distances and I want to be INSPIRED.

I try to share as much reality as I can on my stories to show you that NO: I don’t have a perfectly clean house, I don’t have a perfect life, I’m normal and often I struggle to juggle everything and keep it together. I really want you to know that my life is not as curated in my content. I have just chosen to show how I seek and see beauty; I understand that not everyone can appreciate that and that’s totally fine.

-Anxiety and Photography-

There is another reason why I love photography: it eased my anxiety, it made me more positive, it keeps me busy and it made me feel like a whole woman. Not just a mom but also a woman that has passions, dreams and is pursuing them.

Anxiety can be horrible and disruptive. Focusing on something else rather than negative thoughts is the best thing that ever happened to me, my brain is always occupied and there is not much time left for worrying.

I hope that this has helped you a little to understand my thoughts on this social. I won’t go into the algorithm kind of discussion because we all know: growing on Instagram is a struggle. I choose not to focus on that, not to focus on the numbers, not to focus on complaining but instead I want to put all my energy into creating good quality content, interact with all of you and create a real relationships with my followers.

Finally, photography is something you need to love: it is quite hard work, requires a lot of time and, like everything else, is evolving over time. There are always new styles, new trends and you need to keep on top. Photography is not something you can really learn unless you madly love it.

What are your thoughts on this? I would love to know!

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