Finding the perfect filter
Or content… or theme...
The moment I heard about Instagram, I got so obsessed with the idea and the many ways power users are using the platform. It immediately evolved from a photo-sharing app into a community of creators --- artists sharing their craft, a visually engaging extension of blogs, and countless tales of ordinary people documenting their everyday lives inspiring creativity, adventure, or action.
It sparked a little fire within me that I too could start something inspiring. But what is it that I want to share?
Setting up an account is a no brainer. Snapping and posting random beautiful photos is easy too. Just eat at some place fancy, go buy nice things, or travel and you’ll definitely have an Instagram worthy photo. But replicating that same feeling I get when I check someone’s profile --- that magical mix of awe, wonder, and personal connection --- it took me literally years to understand. I’m not really sure if I found the perfect formula, not that such a thing exists to be honest, but somehow I feel closer to what I wanted to achieve.
Never lose sight of who you are
This is so shallow and vain, but there was a point where I wanted to “do good” on IG only for the purpose of getting lots of hearts and followers. I wanted to be famous, at least online. So I observed the top recommended users, tried to use the same filters as they do, installed the same photo editing apps they preferred, and even took the same cliche photos. It was fun at first, but later-on I felt like I was becoming a different person.
I may like a little bit of melancholy, but I’m not a monochrome person, I love colors most days. I prefer bright, happy colors that can grab people’s attention without screaming for it. I love documenting memories. I love cute things and places. My #ootd game is strong, but that’s not what I want to be identified with.
Capturing the color of everyday ordinary
Simple things like a very fluffy cloud, a nice flower bed, or a quirky candy packaging brings me joy. Getting a cheesecake flavored sundae after a long day or experiencing something for the first time is an adventure for me.
Finding happiness in the ordinary, this is the feeling that I was looking for. I just had to take a closer look inwards to finally achieve that Instagram feed goals.