Instagram: I’m becoming addicted to this rapidly growing social media application. The makers of this free iPhone and Android app describe their product as:
“It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family.
Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram. Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it’s as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.”
I love the ability to see patterns, design, color, meaning out in the world and to capture it and interpret it through my own lens of experience. The ability to change hues, or emphasize certain areas of the photo puts the creative process in my hands. Additionally, the ability to add my thoughts, feelings, descriptors in the form of text enhances the experience for those who happen upon my work.
The use of hash-tags widens the audience to the entire world. I love this aspect the most, as while I’m flattered that people take the time to like my photo, comment or even follow me, I truly appreciate the ability to do the same for them.
If my world consists of living in a mid-sized city in the middle of the mid-west, then the images that I see on a daily basis reflect that world. To know that someone in China or Kuwait or India is capturing their daily lives as well for me to take in and enjoy, is the truly glorious gift. It makes the world so much smaller. As human beings we all share the same basic needs, desires and love for beauty. Who wouldn’t want to look at a captivating photo for daily inspiration? Imagine what kind of effect this would have on your day….
Want to know more about Instagram functionality and filters?
Cheat Sheet Info-graphic (everything you need to know to run with Instagram)
Here are links to Instagram viewing clients:
And finally, some of my images below. Be sure to to follow me on Instagram at MichelleBeckham. See you there!