A friend asked a question on Facebook earlier, “Why do you post your images to social media?”
“Because I’m a show off!” was my first response but now, after more thinking I’m wishing that I took the Richard Feyman avenue; Pause, Pause some more and then respond with a better question, a question that delves into the deeper depths of the original question.
“Should we not? We now have the ability to show something to a wider audience than ever before, that image that evokes a response in ourselves, should we not share that with them?
What separates the photographer from the artist, the author or the song writer?
Has photography been devalued to an extent that no matter the image it’s just another photo, or because it’s shared on platforms that are available to all? Everyone has a camera now. No, that’s incorrect because everyone used to have a camera then but there wasn’t the immediacy there is now, the camera, developer and “printer” is built into the vessel that shares it with the world… Producers of Tomorrows World (circa 1985 would have been squirming in their pants!)
But, alas, now, as then, the everyday becomes mundane. Just another day and that, is the answer to the question:
“Why do I share my photos on social media?”
Because it’s today, it’s beautiful and I can!
Oh, and I’m not too shabby at it!