I love Instagram and you should too

I know, I know, it’s been months since I’ve written a post on either of my sites. It’s a curious thing though; after five years of documenting my every move on a blog I’m kind of burned out. However, that doesn’t mean I’m burned out on public self-expression. I’ve discovered something new.

My hand after a weekend's work in the yard

My hand after a weekend’s work in the yard

Well, new for me at any rate. That thing is Instagram and I’m mad for it. Instagram is a photo composition and sharing platform if you’re not aware of it. On Instagram, a user is forced to take a pre-framed photo on his or her phone and then run it through any of 20 pre-set filters. Technically, someone can upload any photo from one’s phone, even ones taken with a good camera. I think that’s cheating a bit, so all of mine are taken with my HTC OneX.

My photos post automatically to Twitter and Facebook, so if you follow me there you’re already subjected to my daily onslaughts. If you’re an Instagrammer, please follow me at my profile there. I love to see other people’s work with that platform. Even if you don’t follow me, you can see my whole Instagram portfolio by following that link. If you decide to expose yourself to my Instagram feed, I will follow you back.

I’m convinced that the shackles Instagram places on me make me a better photographer. As I’m fond of saying too, captioning my photos is almost as creative an activity as composing my shots.

I’ll be the first to admit that not all of my Instagram photography is great or even good. To quote my Dad however, “Sometimes a blind pig can find an acorn.” Some of my Instagrams are good and some of them make me feel like I’m a good photographer.

Here are some of the highlights of my year spent on Instagram.

Part of dinner last weekend

Part of dinner last weekend

Rural morning

Rural morning

Icarus and Daedalus

Icarus and Daedalus

I do love Philadelphia

I do love Philadelphia

Train station

Train station

Dinner with my friend (and fellow Instagrammer) Mike

Dinner with my friend (and fellow Instagrammer) Mike

Olympian in Atlanta

Olympian in Atlanta

Make a wish

Make a wish

Morning walk

Morning walk

Springtime

Springtime

Baking a cake with one of my nephews

Baking a cake with one of my nephews

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Road from my brother Dave's last autumn

Road from my brother Dave’s last autumn

Corn last summer

Corn last summer

Tobacco fields in Pennsylvania

Tobacco fields in Pennsylvania

Bread baking in Florida

Bread baking in Florida

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