Consuming or Contributing

How are we involved with social media? Particularly Instagram. From a photographer perspective- Are we part of the community engaging with other creatives? Or are we rapidly consuming content like a never ending game of Pacman?

I have found myself getting lost in a sea of never ending scrolling. Maybe it is FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), or maybe its just such a visual space and I am a visual person. Either way it is awfully addictive. Its so easy to be standing on a tram en route somewhere and swiping my phone through the infinity visual stream.

One day I realized I am not really contributing, or engaging in anything. I am strictly consuming. Rather than being a place to connect, display work, reach potential clients, or just share with friends, I was only consuming. I had hardly posted at all for the whole year. What’s the point of taking photos if I am not sharing them? They just become stored on a hard drive or delivered to a client and never shown.

Consuming so much also causes you to compare so much to other people and what they are doing. “This person has such a luxurious life traveling around and getting paid to take photos in epic places.” From a photographer perspective- “Wow they are doing some amazing projects that I won’t be able to ever do.” It’s so easy to get caught in this trap of lies we tell ourselves. Really we are all on our own paths and are at different places. I constantly have to remind myself of this. ALL THE TIME. This year I plan on limiting my time consuming and stop lying to myself about what my limitations are. I am only going to allow myself to sit at the table of social media if I plan on contributing to the feast as well.