We recently discovered Instagram, one of the hottest photo sharing/social media apps for iPhone and Android. It’s a GREAT way to maintain a visual journal/daily diary on-the-go for the sporadic or time-restrained journaler or, alternately, the more visually-oriented person who wants to document their day-to-day. It’s quick and easy: you snap a picture with your phone and apply filters at will for a retro film “feel”. If you like, include a caption or the location where the image was captured, and share it across various social media platforms. You can also choose to maintain a public or a private feed, and follow your friends’ Instagram feeds. Or just keep the images as a personal journal on your phone or computer.
What we like the best about Instagram is that it’s a great hand-held improvisational tool for creatively exploring the world around you.
It helps you to really take note of the little beauties in your every day surroundings, be it a vanilla sky or provocative street art, or even a portrait of your kids playing in the sprinkler on a hot summer afternoon. Each image shared is infused with meaning and evokes a tangible sensory memory, but the narrative can remain private to you unless you choose to share it with your followers, like the spent fireworks, below, spotted on a Brooklyn Street late on the Fourth of July.
Take your phone out into your neighborhood. Fire up Instagram. What can you show us about the world you live in?