It’s been over a year now that I’ve had trouble finding the motivation to keep on with the various social media platforms I use(d).
Social Media Tiredness
I’ve been struggling with being active on social media as a viewer.
After a few years, a part of me feels like it’s always the same. I often find myself scrolling through Instagram, simply double tapping a few photos that caught my attention for more than half a second, and then directly jumping to the next one.
There are still many photos that amaze me. At the same time, there are so many photos out there that it’s hard to truly enjoy everything. It takes too much time.
Social media has become to me the fast-food of photography. It has nothing to do with the quality of the photos, but rather the way we consume it. Like fast food, social media is made to be consumed quickly and it doesn’t encourage you to spend enough time to truly enjoy someone else’s photography.
Social Media Burnout
I never had a fixed schedule for posting on social media. I used to simply post photos as soon as I had taken some. It’s a habit anchored in me: as soon as I’ve created something, I want to share it. And the Internet allows doing this to a large audience so easily.
When I moved to the North, I
But before the start of 2018, I had some kind of social media burnout. This daily posting made no sense. I stopped posting anything for a while. Because of #SiPgoes52, it didn’t take long before I came back on social media… But I set a totally different pace. Instead of posting (almost) daily, I decided to limit myself to only a photo once a week for our little project.
Less was more. I was done with trying to post every photo I take. Posting less photos meant I could focus more on the ones that matter.
The photos that matter
A big part of the time I spend “working” on my photography is about finding the photos that matter. From the photos I took, which ones are the ones that I really want to share? Which ones are meaningful enough? Which ones express sufficiently my vision?
2018 has been a strange year. I took more photos than ever before. Yet I posted less. So far, it seems 2019 could end up with even more photos taken. Many of the photos I took (and take) are for a few series of photos that matter and match my vision. #SiPgoes52, #ElvesDay, #SiPgoes53, and a few others.
They are the ones that come from deep inside of me, from a need for expression.
But then there are the other photos.
The photos that don’t matter
There are photos I take because of a practical goal. For example, the ones that illustrate a blog post. Or the ones for a LEGO assignment. I usually don’t have any interest in sharing those. They don’t come from that big deep desire of expressing
The photos for the fun
And then there are the photos that don’t come from a need. They are the ones I take because I’m just enjoying being outside, want to play with toys and have fun taking photos. It might be because I’ve got a new toy and want to play with it. Or I want to try something different. Or I’m meeting with some fellow toy photographers and want to enjoy the moment. Many of these include photos of non-LEGO toys.
I took them because it was fun to do it. But I don’t plan anymore sharing these publicly.
There are now many of these photos on my hard drives. Many of them that might never be seen by more than a couple of people.
The idea of taking photos that I don’t plan showing to anyone is new to me. Maybe someday I will make something out of (some of) them. In the meantime, I consider them as part of the photos nobody might ever see.
This leads me to wonder why people are taking and sharing photos online. Am I the only one who has photos that are not intended to be shown? If you are in a similar situation, how do you deal with it?
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