My “Casual Minimalism” on Instagram

You’ll always find here or there some articles from “real” photographers mocking people taking pictures with their iPad, selfies makers, instagrammers.

I know the difference between writing a symphony or a book, and quickly taking a filtered pict of some clouds for my Instagram account – I need five seconds to do that. I agree : it’s some low level creativity. So what? So there!

The wrong thing would be to consider oneself a “great photographer”. Nevertheless, I take this activity very seriously at time (you too, right?)! And I really love to feel this little chill when I found something… interesting. A finger-triggering sight (if you allow my neologisms). It’s a pleasure from childhood. Something like :

Look mom! I found a little white rock!

 

Real photographers shouldn’t care about casual instagrammers and selfies anoraks (in France, an anorak is just a coat, I didn’t know “this” meaning in English). Maybe one day they’ll take this Art more seriously? Let them playyyy…

And you probably already know this : we post because we want to have “likes”. Like kids. We just want to be loved!

This week I was walking in the French city of Belfort, and in la Rue Gambetta, my eyes lifted up to see this view. Nothing special, right? But “something”, nevertheless. I saw :

  1. A contrast of texture.
  2. The neat color.
  3. The reflection of light on the left.

OK : I took the picture, blurred the chimney and all. This same day I also took a little carpet on a church’s stairs. Cold marble and velvet, etc. Voilà.

With some hashtags, these two pictures got like five of six times more success than more gorgeous ones. Why? Who knows? Not me. A mood? Something never seen?

What are my tools here?

  • Let the amateurs be casual, it’s their good childish pleasure.
  • If you are an amateur in a field, try to make some progress, of maybe to learn what the good pros do. You maybe won’t be a pro on this matter, but take pleasure where it is, and knowledge is one.
  • Well, if you’re a casual amateur, don’t play your smartassness in front of a pro. And please, don’t ask stupid questions (“Why are your backgrounds blurryyyy?”), it’s better to listen!

Awee sorry for my English! I do my best.

 

Thanks for reading! Bonne journée !

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#cat  #poem

Blue is the quiet Sky, le ciel est tout bleu

…her cat in a long rectangular light

on the warm wooden floor

watches the invisible

Propeller/Hélice :

Outside, the remote, tenuous thready sound of an old plane

and a bird in a little tree, near the road

playing its smiling idleflute

The cat listened and went away, le chat est parti.

The plane is far. The bird sleeps.

Shades down, lignes of squares

on lovers on the bed


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