The Instagram Problem

I have a personal, inner conflict with Instagram. Many people will read this and think I am overexaggerating and I am aware that they are totally enabled to think so. But this is were I can write personal stuff, because maybe 10 people will read it anyways so I’ll just do it, cause I love to put the thought out there.

So in the last three months or so I am not posting my pictures on Instagram and for me that changed a lot. I didn’t stop taking pictures of course.

It’s just that I felt really frustrated with how Instagram works and how the people are using it. Before I stopped posting my pictures I would often found myself wondering, whilst I was shooting on the streets, what I might photograph so the people will like it and I will therefor gain more likes and more followers.

Cause that is probably how you think when you re using the platform, it’s how it works. Some friends of mine even did this thing were you follow a lot of people so that they follow you back and your account grows and then you would use this „influence“ to place ads and stuff. It was there business idea and Instagram is becoming or already is all about business. It’s about making money and not celebrating art and photography. Maybe it never was and I was just to dumm to realize it.


But my point is that instead of taking pictures for myself I started thinking about taking pictures for other people. And yes this is my very own personal problem but it freaked me out once I realized it. So I began taking pictures for my own and only showing them to friends. And I had an whole other drive.

I am enjoying photography more for my own and I think I never finished more rolls of film since then. So from now on I will (maybe temporarily) only publish my photographic work here on this tiny little website. I mean thats why I got it at the first place, to be able to show my content on a platform I can individually design and change after my gusto, so that the single image can really stand out. 

So I hope you enjoy the albums I recently uploaded and you will maybe turn by this website some time in the future again. 

Thanks for now 

Severin   

My photography since yet

So this is my first entry for my photography website. I just recently started to shoot film, because I am 20 years old and I grew up mostly shooting digital. In the last years, I only took my digital camera with me when I was traveling, photographing landscapes and the people I traveled with. But it wasn't exciting, it wasn't pushing or challenging me in any way. You take the photo and immediately see your image or you look on your display and watch how your image may look like, if you'd press the shutter. This is a convenient way of photographing and in many ways I see the benefits of the digital revolution, making the life of so many photographers a lot easier. But for me, there is something that gets lost in this quick way of photography. Before I started shooting analog, I felt like I was missing out on something, even though I probably did not know what it was. So now I am shooting film for like three months and I finally see what was missing the whole time.

It's the mystery, the excitement and the "not knowing" how your picture will turn out. Of having pictures with undesired mistakes, who are far from being the "perfect shot". It's the process of try and error from wich I am learning with every roll I develop.

Don´t get me wrong on this, I don´t want to say film photography is better than digital, cause there is no comparison. You can´t put one over the other, because they are different technics of image creation. And I still shoot a lot of digital with my brother. But for now, film photography got my whole attention and I am loving it more with every day, that I'm learning from it.

Hope everybody who chrases by on this site will also see why. Have a lovely day and stay tuned.

Severin