Instagram used to be all about spontaneity – now, it’s all about curated images which fit in a theme

I love scrolling on Instagram. It’s potentially one of my favourite platforms, that or Twitter, but recently, I’ve found posting on it hard. Instagram has become a platform of beautiful curated images which fit into a perfect theme. This has made me feel left behind. 

For me, Instagram used to be about spontaneity. Taking a photo of your breakfast in front of you, where you were, a recent purchase mayhap. Now, no. Photos are carefully selected and taken on high quality cameras, with a matching colour theme. I’m always stunned because who has time for that?! Well it’s not me and the feeds that do it always look incredible. But this is further part of branding. There incredible photos sometimes make me doubt the reality of the post. How many photos did that take? How long did you edit it for before it would be uploaded? It just doesn’t feel real.

I thought when I got a new phone I would be more inclined to post on Instagram. The S6 has an incredible camera that makes everything oh so crisp. Yet, I’ve still been put off it. Why? My photos never feel as good as they could; that posting something on Instagram which doesn’t have white walls or a dreamy setting is somehow a failure? Its a complicated set of feelings about something non-consequential. But here we are, talking it over.

I’m feeling more proud about my photography. I always doubt I have the “photographer eye” that so many of my amazing pals do. One day, I think I’ll get there, but I’ve not been exactly gifted in photo taking. But I want to know from you guys, how do you feel about Instagram? Do you feel it’s real anymore? I certainly don’t, but I’ll still keep looking at it. 

chloe witty