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Instagram Suggested

Instagram has featured me the last 2 weeks as a Suggested User.  You can check out this section within the app’s options under “People to follow.”

Instagram, like GarageBand, turned regulars into semi-pros. Once you have the recording and publishing tools, all you need is a good sense of quality and the willingness to practice every day.

But you also need to be an explorer. If the computer and the Internet tethered people inside, the mobile phone and apps like Instagram make you want to see the world around you.  All of a sudden the shadow in the far away concrete wall becomes oddly beautiful. You may have seen it before but capturing it makes it more memorable.

Photography is a lot like fishing, you never know what you’re going to get, so you take a lot of pictures to increase your options.  Sometimes you snag a gem, sometimes you end up with nothing.  But the more pictures you take, just like the more sentences you make as a writer, the more you have to play with and put out there to publish.

Instagram is one of the main reasons I started walking a lot to work.  Instead of looking down, I look up.  New York also happens to be a photographer’s gold mine too since there’s action, diversity, ruggedness, and richness on every corner.  But most people walk to and from work and miss these things.

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve presented my perspective of New York to a new audience.  The followers have doubled, as have the likes and comments.  If you don’t think Instagram is here for the long-run, just check out all the 11-year-old’s commenting on my images.  They’ll be using the app for years to come and soon take way cooler pictures than me.

A hobby is something you love a lot and do every day.  But sometimes it feels like more than that.  It seems like art.  Do anything enough, and you never know what’s going to happen.  Someone may just notice, and all you need to do is to continue remaining curious about the world around you.

Every photo you take communicates something about a moment in time – a brief slice of time of where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing. – Kevin Systrom

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By Wells Baum

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