This was a long time coming…
Everybody knows about the dreaded algorithm and how IG now decides what it is you want to see, right? While the algorithm definitely killed off the user experience I had come to enjoy, it’s not the sole reason for my departure.
Creativity. Creativity is what pushed me away.
I can’t be the only person that scrolls through their feed and thinks, “seen it, seen it, done that, seen it.”. Or even better, “That’s just a copy of @fill_in_the_blanks picture from yesterday.” It got to be tedious, more then it was fun.
Something else I noticed… I found myself shooting the same old things, the same old ways. So I conducted a little personal experiment. I purposely took a break from Instagram to avoid being influenced by what I was seeing, and went out shooting. Not only was I surprised with my results, I was happy with them. I wasn’t shooting to “produce” what people had come to expect from me. I was shooting for me. The Stormtroopers got a well deserved break while Gollum, David 8, and the Metaluna Mutant, all went out for a trip to the beach. I liked the results and I had fun going out to put those three figures in places you wouldn’t expect to find them.
I’m not saying, “I hate Instagram! Instagram sucks! I’m taking my toys and going home!”, because that’s not the case. I have a landscape photography account on IG and enjoy that feed quite a lot. Nobody is vying to be the next rep for any manufacturer, no one is bashing anyone else, and the photos I’m seeing are spectacular. Truly inspirational stuff!
If you followed me for any length of time, you’ve seen where I’ve tried to incorporate some of the techniques I picked up from shooting landscapes into toy-photography. I wasn’t always successful and I’m still not happy with any of the long exposure shots, but I tried. Landscape photography is hard. It’s a challenge, every time I go out, to capture something that hasn’t been done before, and I enjoy the hell out of that aspect of it.
So what am I getting at? Who cares, right? I got burnt out. There are other things I want to try. I’ll always take pictures of Star Wars figures and others as well, but they’re going to be posted here… along with other kinds of photography and articles about photographers that I admire.
Follow along here if you’d like and don’t think for a second that I’m done with figure photography.