The inspirations for the #instawhat? project were social media and their virtual space. Specifically, I’m shifting my focus towards Instagram.
I approached the project in a more playful way. By creating six different profiles (each includes six images) and by using certain hashtags, I’m revealing a bit of personality and mood for each person behind the profile. I used different darkroom techniques to make the images look distinct, although most of them are actually the same images (reference to Instagram filters).
In this project, I’m not asking any specific questions nor searching for answers. I’m only observing the fact how social media became a part of our everyday life and the almost necessity to be “connected”. The information is ephemeral and we are trying to “not miss out” or to “catch up”. Spending time on Instagram can be part of our everyday routine. Based on my own experience, it’s very easy to spend hours in the virtual world, while the real world is passing in front of us and we are missing lots of precious moments. We have a tendency to compare ourselves and our lives to the lives of others on social media, not realizing that in fact we know so little about the people behind those profiles. We let ourselves go on being frustrated and unhappy for no reason. Instead, if we would spend all that energy on self growth or realization of our dreams, wouldn’t that be wonderful?
My personal conclusion is: I’m “connected” to social media but I’m also “connected” to the beauty of the real world; details, colors, sounds. I’m “connected” to my dreams, imagination, judgment, opinions. I am “connected” to myself and my relationships. These other things can affect our lives only to the volume we decide. We always have a choice.