I'll admit to being an Instagram addict, I truly love it as a creative platform. If you follow me, you'll know that I challenge myself to post daily and I use it as an easy platform to push my own photography capabilities as well as keeping it as a personal journal of daily life events to look back on. I rely pretty much 100% on my iPhone and occasionally my trusty Go Pro and I enjoy the results I can achieve with these devices that are kept in my pocket anyway, allowing the capture of spontaneous moments.
So. I posted a picture of my dog. As I tend to do. As it happens, It was a pretty cool moment. We were walking on the beach. She is a whippet and loves nothing more than the zoom across a flat surface at high speed. I let her go and... was pretty pleased with the resulting phone snap. The light that day was pretty perfect. It had been raining so the beach was empty. All factors in that spontaneous moment worked in my favour.
The resulting Instagram post was selected as a feature on the main Instagram account and also on the Instagram Blog... To Date, it has an astonishing 855, 880 likes and resulted in overnight, an extra 500 or so people following my account. My dog, unbeknown to her, achieved her 15 minutes of fame... and I....learnt to turn off the notifications on my phone - and then enjoyed a warm fuzzy feeling of having inadvertently achieved exposure of my work to almost a million people.
The power of social media shouldn't be under estimated. Seriously. Try it if you haven't already. A phone snap can become quite a lovely thing... My Instagram name is WallopArt for my main account and WallopDesign for a journal of my design moments