It’s painfully obvious the types of images that’ll get the most engagement on Instagram: oceans, aerial shots, pets, and selfies. 

Likeable content is too predictable. It’s amazing how many people post images from the same perspective. What’s unique about your Eiffel Tower shot from anyone else’s? Same shit, different angle.

People seek validation through their photos. They project a filtered life and discard the minutiae in between. What if instead of an edited life, quality was best expressed in its imperfections and rawness, the often unnoticed and unseen. 

Indeed, the social sharing aspect is what makes Instagram fun. Ever delete a photo after a few likes? It’s not surprising that our favorite photos are often the least liked. No one gets it but you and maybe your small coterie of friends and followers with similar tastes. 

It’s easy to reproduce an image and call it your own. But then you might as well just download a similar image from the Internet and share that. You can’t tell an interesting story through a myopic lens. 

Look around. What are the obvious, everyday things that you’re overlooking? Capture that and recast it to tell an everyday story. Art lives in the mundane. It’s everywhere if you’re willing to notice it. 

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.