Wish you ‘like’ here

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A recent article on the National Geographic website referred to how social networking sites, such as Instagram, is influencing tourists’ holiday destinations. Instead of going to a travel agent to flick through holiday brochures, social media users are enticed by the idyllic views they scroll through on their digital devices.

Not only do the images persuade someone to visit such beautiful places, but also they urge users to want to replicate the same images on their profiles. After all,  the ‘like’ is social currency, and the more ‘likes’ you receive, the more popular you appear to be. Therefore, in order to compete with such competition, Instagrammers search for destinations where they can capture the same such shots of paradise. 

In addition to this, there has been a decline in the popularity of Club 18 to 30 holidays, because people are now preferring the convenience of starting relationships on dating apps.  Furthermore, alcohol strewn images don’t look as cool for millenials. They are preferring to opt for photo opportunities in far flung places, so that they can adorn the walls of their social media profiles with picturesque views  

Subsequently, place has become an important aspect of digital identity. This is something that I would like to explore further when thinking about ideas for my fourth assignment. 

Photographic Purpose

Last weekend, I used my DSLR for the first time in months. It had snowed for the first time in over a year and it was snowman-building quality snow! Therefore, my family and I ventured out to have a snowball fight, build a snowman and make snow-angels.

Due to us rarely having that much snow in England, I decided to take my DSLR with me. Before then, I have been relying on my iPhone to take photos. After all, it’s a fairly decent camera, is with me pretty much all of the time, and it will automatically archive my photos to iPhoto. Why would I drag my heavy DSLR camera around with me, with its necessary lenses etc? Well, I suppose on this occasion I wanted to zoom in and get some close-ups of my children having fun in the snow. Also, I wanted to take control of the white balance to avoid a blue tinge to my photographs. 

Over these last few months I had become disillusioned about taking photographs. I was just adding to sea of images that are taken every second. Would I ever have the time to look through these photographs again and again?  

As I progress through this digital photography course, I am surprised to find myself wanting to print my photographs out. I hadn’t expected that when I first set out. After producing a photo book for my second assignment, I have thought more about taking photos in order to create my own books. I now have a purpose for taking photographs.