I wish I was consistent in the way I use social media, but I’m not. That’s probably one reason why I don’t have many followers. I’m a mixed bag, but most people like to have some idea of what they are going to get. I use some social media platforms more than others, but I’m not consistent about that either. Sometimes I will be into Twitter, other times I will be more active on Instagram or Flickr.
There are links to all my social accounts at the bottom of every page on this site, but here I’m going to look at them in a bit more detail, starting with the photography ones.
I think of my social accounts in terms of what my mother would have said if she had browsed through them. She would have liked some of my Instagram posts, but probably would have complained I never photograph the family, and that nobody ever smiles.
My Instagram feed probably has a wider general appeal than my other feeds, and most people will be able to appreciate at least some of the pictures. Having said that, it is still personal and very much driven by my own vision.
She would probably have struggled with some of my more unusual Flickr posts, and might have said she didn’t like them. At the very best she would have diplomatically said they were “different”, and perhaps suggested I go up to The Lake District and photograph some of the views.
Flickr contains some of my more experimental work, and is where I sometimes try out new ideas and seek feedback from other people whose work I admire. Many of the images read like a photo diary, documenting selected parts of my everyday life.
My mother would not have got my Tumblr posts at all, and probably would have said most of them were horrible and miserable. She might even have asked, “Why don’t you take pictures of nice things? Who wants to look at pictures of urinals?”
Tumblr is where I post photographs that I feel are my ‘worst’ or strangest. Images that are unsuitable for Instagram, and borderline for Flickr, yet have something about them that saves them from deletion. Only a few people will be able to appreciate these.
Many of my boards are private because they’re personal to me, and just contain things like my personal vision board, or decorating ideas, or stuff I want to buy.
My public boards are essentially photography collections to inspire me and give me ideas.
Back in March 2007 when I created an account with Twitter, I had no idea what I was getting into. Arguably, I still don’t. I understand it well enough, but I go through periods where I’m really into Twitter, then long stretches where I don’t update very often.
Social media overload has a lot to do with this erratic use. When I spend too much time scrolling through mindless updates it can feel a bit catatonic. In order to stay sane I regularly purge accounts I’m following if they no longer hold my interest.
I glance at trending topics on a daily basis, but I find clicking on them surfaces useless nonsense most of the time.
Good old Facebook. How else would we keep in touch with friends and family? I’d say my usage of Facebook is pretty much how Mark Zuckerberg originally intended: keeping in touch. I share selfies, updates about what I’m doing, pictures of my food, etc.
My personal profile is private and I filter who I connect with, but am open to new Friend Requests when they appear to be genuine.
The Facebook page for this blog is very new. My intention is to post regular updates there for people who don’t want to subscribe through WordPress. I also intend to put up videos of me reading my work, so it that’s of interest you might want to like the page.
What I think
Obviously there is crossover, and I go through periods where the same images appear on all my social feeds. From a photography perspective, I think Instagram is what most people would describe as my Best Work. However, I often go through my Tumblr posts and find them strange and haunting as a body of work. I would not be surprised if a small number of people regard these as my strongest images. Flickr probably lies somewhere between the two extremes.
I’d love to know what you think. Please feel free to leave your comments below…