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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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