Why I Like Instagram After All
Monday 7 May 2018 — Category: Miscellaneous
Back in July 2017 I wrote a pretty forceful article about why I dislike Instagram. Therefore I never, never thought I would be writing a follow-up article about why I actually like Instagram. How does that saying go? “Never say never!”
So what has happened for me to have such a major change of heart? Has Instagram suddenly gotten a lot better? Was I wrong about what I wrote previously? Have I lost my mind?
As I look back on what I wrote 10 months ago, I still agree with almost all of what I said. All of my reasons to dislike Instagram are still valid. So it’s not that Instagram has changed and improved.
Rather, my photographic situation had taken a turn for the worse, and I have found that Instagram can actually play an important role in making my plight more bearable.
At the end of my earlier article I lamented that I had so little time for Instagram because I was SO far behind in writing articles and processing photos for this Web site. Why devote time and energy to putting photos on Instagram, I reasoned, when that would cause my primary place for sharing photos to be even more neglected?
The unhappy reality is that I am even further behind than before. The backlog of photos and articles has only increased.
However, I spied a ray of light in the gloom. I suddenly realized that the backlog and my lack of time were great reasons to use Instagram rather than avoid it.
As I wrote earlier this year in A Winter in the Kitchen, for a number of months I have been spending a considerable amount of time pursuing my gourmet chef wannabe hobby. As always, I document my culinary adventures with copious notes and plenty of photographs.
Unfortunately, a food photo I take today would most likely not be shared on this Web site for at least a year, and probably even longer. By that time it would be pretty stale news, and my joy in sharing the picture would be greatly diminished.
Instagram to the rescue! By putting a photo immediately on their Web site, I get the immediate joy and satisfaction of sharing my picture and the activity or recipe it depicts.
I have been posting regularly, sometimes daily, on Instagram since St. Patrick’s day. During that time I have found other benefits as well.
It has been an unexpected pleasure to have a number of extended family members follow me on Instagram, to have them like my photos, and sometimes leave comments. I feel like I am more connected with them than I have been in decades. OK, despite all the drivel on social media, I suppose it serves a good purpose as well.
I was really motivated to start putting my food photos on Instagram after reading an article on OregonLive.com. 11 Portland food Instagrammers you need to follow right now was published a week or so before I started posting regularly on Instagram.
Both the great quality and the poor quality of the photos these Instagrammers were posting inspired me to share my own photos. The not so great pictures made me realize that my photos were actually pretty good. And the great photos being posted inspire me to up my photographic game.
Not only are the foodies I am following helping me become a better photographer, but they are also helping me become a better cook. The dishes they are photographing, whether taken at home or at a restaurant, are inspiring me with ideas to try in my own kitchen. Like the scrambled eggs, bell pepper and spinach on a bagel dish shown to the right, as well as the Korean pineapple boat shown above.
For all of the reasons mentioned in this article, I am liking Instagram after all. And for the foreseeable future I plan on posting food photos there quite often. In addition, when I am out and about I will likely post pictures while on the road.
You can browse my Instagram album by searching for @cascadiabird in the Instagram app, or view it in a Web browser at instagram.com/cascadiabird/