You all know I’m on Instagram… and I enjoy it. Pretty pictures everywhere. If you’re interested, you can click on my link on the right and go look, no account required.
But, human nature being what it is… I still look at how many people like my photos. I shouldn’t do that, but I do. Why? Why do I do that? There’s plenty of amazing photographers out there… plenty who shoot ranch life and cows and horses and cowboys who really dress as cowboys… I’m not that outstanding and I can accept that.
But once in a while, I have a pretty cool photo. I think, wow… this is unique. Lots of people will like it. And rarely do I have more than fifty people like a photo. Same with the photo I posted yesterday. I mean, I don’t walk around depressed or cry or rage at the unfairness of it all… but what is it with us, that begs for recognition? Would I be happy with 200? 500? When would I think, yup, this is the pinnacle… 1000 people like my photo?
I wish sometimes that “likes” could be turned off on these devices.
Then I think, I should make myself happy… if I think it’s a cool photo, what do I care if no one else gives a fig?
The next step is: well, if it’s not good enough for people to like it, what should I do differently? Boost color, turn it into black and white, crop it differently?
Where do you lie on the spectrum? Do you know people crushed by the lack of online “likes”? Do you get the “forget them” attitude? Or does it push you to do better? Be better?
I know where I want to be… I want to be better. Everyday. I accept there are people more creative and talented, and that I should be grateful for where, who, and what my talents are. I want to improve by watching those I admire, not by tearing them down, but by emulating them. My voice should be raised to lift other people up. Period. Sometimes maybe I need to be quiet. And at peace. And be thrilled that I have a brief chance to take unique photos in a unique place.
This is the pic that started this psycho social rant…
Buffalo wallows standing full of springtime moisture. It’s a very cool photo!