No Social Media

I decided to take a break from Social media for a few weeks, to see how this affected my photography. In July I had a two week holiday and didn’t use Instagram or Twitter and found that I concentrated on composition and had a clearer view of what I wanted to create. As my two year Aberdeen book project has entered the editing and layout phase, I wanted to clear the mental decks so to speak, before a short trip to Amsterdam. My Amsterdam project will take an other two to three years to finish or more. I know roughly what I want to shoot there and the equipment I use won’t change so in the interim I was free to explore new possibilities.
First of all you might think that not looking at or interacting with social media is easy. Well you need to make a conscious decision to do it. When you’ve used Social media for a few years, you’ll find that the habit is hard to break. Whenever you have any down time, or are sitting having a coffee you’ll tend to to reach for your phone. So the first thing I did was delete the apps from my phone to prevent temptation. Its incredible just how insidious these applications are so not having them there is the easiest way to break the habit.
Once you’ve done this you’ll find you’re at a bit of a loss, but what it does, is give you a chance to reconnect with reality. Now that may sound a bit dramatic but think about the time you spend on your phone in a typical day, waiting for the bus, look at your phone, having a quick coffee, look at the phone. Now think about what this distraction deprives you of, Basic human interaction with others and your environment.
If you are out with your camera you are there to presumably make images. How can you do that if you are constantly distracted. When looking for the decisive moment, do you think Henri Cartier Bresson was trying to get likes on his social media account? An extreme example maybe, but you get my point. The more focussed you are, the more you’ll see. Street photography isn’t just a case of buying the latest camera and wandering about. You have to work hard at it and really concentrate on the image you are trying to create. To create that image you need to first have pre-visualised it and know approximately what you are trying to create. In next part of this post I’ll detail my findings. As always comments and questions are welcome.

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  1. […] post is effectively part three of ‘No Social Media’. I detailed previously why I’d taken a break from social media and the results of that. In […]


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