Instagram isn’t an artform
I admit, Instragram is a nifty little toy, an easy way to capture things and make them look cool. I have a love of my own for Instagram and Hipstagram and the like, but the idea of becoming a professional photographer using Instagram is kind of silly. It’s a bit like a player piano, just load a perforated sheet and you’ve got a concerto playing in your living room!
Photography isn’t just about having an eye, it is about coordination of elements, using tools to help capture and express ideas. In this sense Instagram is a modest tool, but the programmed algorithms do all the work and while there is a form in that, it doesn’t seem to me to rise to the level of artistry.
I know, I sound like a Luddite, and perhaps I am a bit too old school, but I wonder if we lose something of ourselves when we give over so much control to programs. I love the digital and all the amazing things we can do without much of an effort, but it seems to me effort in artistry requires something more from us, like practice, reflection, failure and expression. We can get those things from digital assistance, but in the process I believe we strip away the most interesting thing from any image, our own expression and handiwork.