external Insta-Bulls***: How Instagram Turned us All Into Liars (Warning: Strong Language) —The Bold Italic

The creation of Instagram made us all photographers. We began to see beauty in the simplicity. We began to…

Just kidding. It made us all huge fu**ing liars.

While it’s a magnificent outlet for all of us to share the way we see the world and all that, Instagram is mostly a gigantic contest to see who’s the best at being a lying liar pants. If you can make a dog look good in Mayfair, if you can make a sunset look like a Picasso when it’s doused in Brannan, all of a sudden, you’re a professional fu**ing photographer. And that’s really, really insulting to photographers.

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  • Sid Ceaser

    I once had multiple meetings with a client about creating images. Got to the last meeting in which he brought his girlfriend, and she said “what I want to know is, why should we pay you for images when I can just create an album cover using my cell phone and Instagram?” At that point I cut the cord and let them go. They used an Instagram image – and the cover was all pixelated.

    I don’t think this is necessarily because of Instagram, but because of the lack of education and lack of value for professional content across the board. Perhaps they quickly learned after seeing the results, but perhaps not. During the “courtship” process I educated as much as possible without being overbearing or pushy.

    It can be pretty frustrating in the mean time, however.

    At the same time, I’ve had people view the Albumen pinhole photographs my wife creates and tell me how she could save so much time if she’d just make images like that “in Photoshop”.

  • Will Mederski

    and did typewriters make us all authors?
    sure, people began to craft narratives, but that’s called story telling. been happening since the first person first opened their mouth.