Sunday, June 23, 2013

Instagram slut

Someone told me yesterday that I am an Instagram slut. He took care to explain this was not a criticism, merely an observation that I post photos on Instagram almost every day, some days I post four or more, which is apparently not the etiquette, since it clogs up the public feed. He entreated me not to take offense when he discerned that I had. No doubt he heard something in my studiedly casual follow-up questions, my feelings disguised by the reporter's mask. I led him into the quagmire. He pointed out that this was simply the term for an overeager poster, and that it was a minor consideration because after all, people were free to follow or unfollow me as they chose. He added that he personally enjoys seeing my photos, especially the vintage ones of family members that he would not otherwise see.

You've probably figured out that the person making this observation was my son, who was home for the weekend. Who else would have the nerve? Everyone else would just quietly unfollow me, as I notice now that some people have already done. I'm not mad at that. I purposely keep my Instagram photos private, so that it goes out only to a few who I think won't mind my self-indulgent play. My daughter and husband tried to mitigate what they immediately sensed what my feeling of having been chastised. My daughter said, "It's your Instagram album, Mom. Do whatever you want." And my husband leaned in and said, "Well, you're my Instagram slut. Who cares what anyone thinks?" which did make me smile.

But all the same I immediately sat down and deleted half my pictures, and today I am wondering if I will ever post another one. Something clicked off in me, the whole experience now tainted. Which is a shame. I love those Instagram filters. They are the most artful that I've found, which I think is why this particular app caught on so widely in the first place. Since yesterday I have been downloading other photo filtering apps and trying them out, then deleting them because they don't quite satisfy. So here is my question. Is there a photo filtering app other than Instagram that you use and love, or even just like? If so, please send your suggestions my way.

Meanwhile, I know full well that I should not let anything said by a smart-ass whippersnapper affect me this way. Children have no idea how their offhand comments, perhaps meant to display how urbane and worldly they truly are, can slice the quiet flesh of their parents. Looking back, I can see that I committed the same offense against my own parents ten trillion times. I also see that they forgave me every time. And besides, I've decided to own the descriptor Instagram slut. And I just had this idea. I can start a brand new private Instagram account and accept not a single follower. Then I can post as often as I darn well please. This is my stream of consciousness while drinking my morning coffee. No matter how it sounds, it was good to see my boy. Happy Sunday, friends.







10 comments:

  1. That's too bad that your enjoyment of Instagram has been tainted. I loved the photos you shared here.

    I've actually been playing around with Snapseed a lot lately, but it doesn't have the ability to make an account and follow/be followed. It's actually a Google product, so it is integrated with Google +... if you use Google + (and it doesn't seem like many do) you could post pics for the people in your circles.

    Snapseed has a bit of a learning curve, but it has a ton of creative options. I really ought to share the photos I've been editing with Snapseed, actually. Maybe I'll start posting some on my blog.

    If you want to try it out, go here: http://www.snapseed.com/home/mobile/features/

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    1. ellen, my son, the whippersnapper, actually recommended snapseed, which is what he uses. I hope this post doesn't make him sound awful because he's really not. It was me who had the petty, all-about-me response. Thanks for the recommendation! I would LOVE to see your photos posted. You are such an artist. xo

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  2. You just make me want to begin to Instagram. Can it be used as a verb?

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    1. Mary, it sure can be used as a verb. I think you would love instagram! Especially with those beautiful grandbabies of yours. Those faces would give you hours of entertainment on instagram. So would your beautiful house and trees and chickens and yard! Ha!

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  3. I've never heard that term and so don't mind seeing lots and lots of photos posted by those on Instagram. Have you ever checked out Neil Kramer? He must post a hundred a day, and I just scroll through them -- some I like and others I just scroll on through. I've never heard of being annoyed by "too much in the feed."

    Sigh.

    As for filters -- sometimes I use PicMonkey for photos -- not sure if that's an app on the phone, but it's a great website. I don't have an iPhone -- I use a Galaxy Android and I love Instagram. I go through phases of posting a lot or a little --

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  4. Instagram slut: wear it with pride!

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  5. This was a new term for me--glad you can use it for something positive...

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  6. I would hardly call posting up to four photos a day being a "slut." If you were posting TWENTY, well, OK! But seriously, I had friends during my brief flirtation with Instagram who posted multiple photos every day, and I never thought they were clogging up the feed. Sharing is the point, after all! I think you should go back to your Instagram and enjoy it and post as much as you want. Like you said, people can unfollow you if they feel overwhelmed.

    I didn't keep up with Instagram -- I prefer the full-size SLR camera to the phone, so I stopped posting there after a few weeks. Isn't there a similar app called Hipstamatic? Or something like that?

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  7. Post, girl, post! I agree, Instagram has the best filters. I think you'll find your way back to it in no time =)

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  8. And your followers are luckier for it! You really are a talented photographer, A.

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