So I have been using Instagram a lot and my account is here so please ‘follow’ me if you like those images.
I like clicking photos and sharing them on Instagram and VSCO Cam. The two sites are somewhat different. Instagram is huge, and VSCO Cam is artsy. Clicking photos on my handy iPhone is a way of getting back to the visual side of things. It helps me observe as I walk around, and also has forced a problem in my mind.
I find that the people I follow have a subject; a topic. Most of the people I follow on Instagram are in fashion or the arts. They post on one topic. The British Museum and MOMA, both of whom I follow on Instagram, help me stay abreast of the goings-on in the art world. Fashion sites on Instagram are just visually beautiful and help me track designers who I like. This raises an interesting problem for me: what is my visual aesthetic? I’m still toying with the idea and don’t have an answer yet. On the one hand I like photographing humans; and on the other, trees and nature attract me as well. I love birds, but don’t have the camera expertise or equipment to photograph birds. The site that I troll late at night however, is India Nature Watch, a fantastic site if you are even remotely interested in mammals, birds, and reptiles. Posting on Instagram and VSCO Cam has forced me to figure out what I want to say visually.
Today, I received an email which pleased me inordinately. It is pasted below and is self-explanatory. Funny to see that the photo which has been chosen is this one. Does this mean that I should focus on temple photography? The interplay between what psychologists call “strokes” and creation make up the final voice of a writer or in this case an amateur photographer.
Begin forwarded message:From: “VSCO” <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date: February 21, 2015 at 2:10:06 AM GMT+5:30Subject: Your image has been selected for the curated VSCO GridTo: Shoba Narayan <email@example.com>Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your image has been selected for the curated VSCO Grid
Shoba Narayan, your work has been chosen for the VSCO Grid™ — a curated gallery of original imagery.
Use this link to view and share your work within a selection of the finest images online:Thank you for using VSCO Cam® and VSCO Grid. We are grateful for your support.
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