Instagram: Artful Communication

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Ever since I was young I have enjoyed the art of photography. I truly believe in the saying that “a photo is worth a 1,000 words”. To me, photography goes beyond the equipment and camera settings. To take a photo, is to share a story, to let someone see what you see. If you gave ten people a camera and put them in the same place and told them to take five photos each, each photo would have a different perspective, because people view the world differently.

My love for photography is probably the reason Instagram is my favorite social media platform. I love that Instagram gives users the ability to see how other people view life through photographs. The fact that people can showcase their creativity through images of their surroundings, their food, or themselves, is one of the reasons the platform has been so successful. Even though Instagram has caused the explosion of selfies, brunch photos, and unrealistic expectations for travel, it has also allowed people to get a better view of someone else’s life. Words can be eloquent, dramatic, and expressive, but they will never be a photograph.

I also like how Instagram has evolved into a social media platform where it is okay to show one’s flaws and talk about things that are a bit taboo on other social media accounts. On Instagram, people can discuss their struggles, thoughts, and stories more freely.

I also like the various features of Instagram beyond simply posting photos or videos. I enjoy the messaging system, the stories, the opportunity to live stream, the ability to save posts, and the ability to connect with other users of the site.

If I could only keep one of my social media accounts and had to delete all the rest, I would keep my Instagram account. Why? I would keep it because Instagram allows me to be creative, it allows me to catch up on my friends lives, and it allows for increased freedom towards discussion of topics and thoughts. It’s not that other social media sites are not accomplishing these things, but Instagram does so with the use of photos, more so than words, which I find appealing.

Photography is an art, but it is also a form of communication. With a photograph people can express different tones, thoughts, opinions, and stories. Instagram is built on this communication form and allows for artistic expression through a simple snap, a majestic landscape, a picture of a dog, a photo of brunch, or even a selfie.