Many photography purists are quick to judge the Instagram bandwagon, and it’s low-fi photographers who snap photos of every little mundane detail in their lives as if it is all fine art. “All you did was click ‘Nashville’, how does that make it art?” There are plenty of stereotypes out there. Photos of breakfast and desert are gold. Pretty much anything from a crack in the sidewalk to the dreaded self-portrait is fair game.
Personally, I have always tried to reserve judgment of the cell phone photo snapping fad. But it’s true, many people just take photos of anything, click a trendy sounding filter, and call it art. Way to often, viewers are saying “ooh!” and “ahh!” about some pretty boring stuff. Are we lowering our standards? Are we building a pedestal for, well, crap? Not necessarily.
Steph Goralnick is one of Instagram’s biggest stars, and her images prove why! In a recent article, “#NoFilter” went behind the scenes with four popular Instagram photographers, and showcased some of their work. Click HERE to view the other interviews, and to see more images!
The way I see it, the stereotypes are often true about fads in general but the truth is that there is indeed an artist inside all of us. Apps like Instagram aren’t guilty of ruining photography as we know it, they simply do two things for us: ONE, they allow anybody and everybody to explore their inner artist, and TWO, they keep the playing field level so that true talent can still shine.
Sure, it may be a little more difficult to tell apart a boring photo from a half-decent photo nowadays, but in my opinion the incredible, stunning images will always rise to the top. In other words, legendary “snapshot” photographers such as Gary Winogrand and Henri Cartier-Bresson might have a little scolding to do when it comes to what we say “ooh” and “ahh” to, but they would still be head over heels for cell phone cameras and photo apps like we have today.
Of course, what do YOU think?