Lets all say 'Fuck Instagram'

18/02/2018

Photography : Sam Mosquera

Coat : Charity Shop
Roll Neck : Muji
501 Levis : Vintage
70's Converse : Offspring
Earrings : Milktooth
Bag : Vintage
(alternatives linked below)

I feel like I haven't wrote blog posts consistently in so long that I almost don't know where you're meant to start with them. Hi, hello, im back, here's another post of my ramblings? See, it's weird right? It's funny because this coincidentally lead me to write another post about consistancy, but more on that another time. I'm here to share some thoughts on Instagram, well more about how we document our lives on social media and how much it's changing.

Recently my boyfriend and I have been discussing the wonderful yet horrible app that is Instagram and how much it's impacted both of our lives. Everyone and their mum's are talking about their love / hate relationship with it. I mean it is such an incredible tool to share day to day activities, follow your fave celebs and see what's going in the world, I even met Sam on there! But it sometimes leads to getting so caught up in what's 'perfect' and whether certain photos will actually fit in with your feed, that it's easy to loose sight in what the app was initially made for.


Things change and develop so it's obvious that Instagram has gotten bigger and bigger over the past few years. I would say bigger and better here but we all know we're fighting a losing battle with the creaters of the app tbh. What's bothering me is that when I look back and pretty much stalk my own profile, is realising how much I've changed. I was having a huge Instagram clear out, archiving images and unfollowing people that didn't bring joy to my feed; I would definitely recommend because it makes scrolling so much nicer, at the end of the day it's your account - you ain't obliged to follow anyone that doesn't inspire, lift you or bring you any joy. Anyway, what I noticed is how much my photography and personal style has changed through out the years of being part of instagram.

From living in Cardiff in 2014, Manchester 2015, moving to London in 2016 for my placement year, leading right back to Manchester, I could see that being younger and more care free, the days before blogging and instagram were as big as they are now, I was uploading what I wanted, when I wanted. I couldn't give two fucks about the perfect posting times, I was living in the moment and uploading on the go (times before drafts, scary I know). But having this detox and looking into my recent uploads made me realise that I hated what I was I sharing. I'd stopped posting photos of my uni work, my drawings, my try on session in changing rooms, what I had at costa that one time; everything has to look perfect, reflecting your style and philosophy. I got caught into the need for everything to look consistent and it turns out it just wasn't working for me.

The latest post on this blog (read here) has given an insight into the direction of this blog, social media as well as my personal goals. I wanna go back to my old ways, a bit more care- free and laid back. I wanna stay creative and share this with you guys.  At the end of the day I know it's only a social media app, it's a stupid first world problem, but I needed to get it off my chest and talk about it.

I mean Instagram fucks us over with the algorithm as it is, so why not just post what you want anyway? 

C x



2 comments

  1. Loved reading this, I feel like everyones been talking about the changing world of instagram and personally I wish it could be stripped right back to people simply posting what they wanted to post! I used to obsess over what my feed looked like but now I just share whatever I want and it doesn't make me feel so attached to the app. Of course I adore seeing peoples photography but its so much less personal and unique than ever before!

    Lucy Jane | Infinity of Fashion

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    1. Thank you! It is refreshing to hear so many others having similar views and does make you frustrated that Instagram continues to ignore its users! But like you said, we just gotta post what we want and detatch ourselves a bit more!

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