Geometrical Hashtag Ideas

When you write a blog on WordPress, you check your activity from time to time. The website gives you statistics on what articles are read, and from which country.

When you see what is read, you smile : you’re happy to discover that your article is like alive somewhere, possibly putting a little spark in a brain.

Of course we bloggers don’t control anything. Some articles are a hit for no understandable reasons. For example, my ““Become who you are”, is it what Pindar said?” has been read 176 times since I wrote it and I really don’t understand why…

We all know that some ideas come from a combination. Remember? : One book, you’re a student, three books opened and you’re a searcher.

Some mornings I read my stats and I discover that five-six articles has been read within the few last hours. My brain can’t help doing the Geometrical Shape Game :

  • trying to find the link between all of them
  • trying to invent a new article subject from the combination, or even :
  • trying to find a coded message sent by… The Universe.

Most of the time, it makes sense!

(of course, I invent this sense)

And well, it gave me… this article!

Thanks for reading!

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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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Intention of Effect Kills Effect

François Jullien is a French philosopher and sinologist. Thanks to his obsession towards “Finding resonances between Occident and China’s culture”, he invented plenty of interesting concepts. The little tool I present today is short and nevertheless terribly powerful. A seed of magic against the evil 😈 :

Intention of Effect Kills Effect

In poetry or on Instagram pages, in music, movies, painting, it’s when the viewer “see you coming” with your heavy intentions, your effects. It’s why bad photographers and, even worse, bad poets are so terrible !

The lowest example of this ? Romantic sunset photographies with beautiful lovers. You’re like “yeah yeah yeah…”. And when the efficiency of a poem is based on dumb smart juxtaposition of words. Welcome to the purple wind and to iridescent hopes

Instead of being charmed, or amazed, or interested, the viewer is exhausted by his assessments.

It could be post-modern nudge effect, right ? But it will probably be more like the “smart ass effect”… Exhaussssting !

A good example ? When in a movie you get a syrupish violin-music behind a saaad-potatoed drama. You wanna poke the director on the forehead : “Hey. You. Stop that ! I got it !”.

Intention of Effect Kills Effect

Of course, this is what we all do. In every article of these little pages. On your Instagram posts. We all have an “intention”. We push like bulls. We want prove something to others.

And the audience ? If you’re lucky, they maybe will think “I see you coming, OK, do your stuff”. But the risk is that they squint their eyes and… autopinch nose, voilà. Hashtag LOLs are boring.

Tools :

Subtilities. Surprises. Movement. Elegance. Complexity. Smart dissonances. This is where effectiveness is. Effects from… invisible intelligence !

PS : Eeek ! I talked about this in another article called :
“Slide, mortals, don’t bear down”

Thanks for reading !