Take a look at your newsfeed on any social media platform and you’ll notice a couple of things:
- People really like to share funny and/or inspirational viral videos, recipes and inspirational quotes.
- They also share the happy moments in their live; and, while there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes they’re ONLY sharing the happy moments.
Now I know, there are two (or more) sides to every story, and some people really do live extraordinarily happy and fulfilling lives and others choose just not to share their dirty laundry (<<<this is me!)
Social media has done wonders for people the world over, helping people connect in ways that weren’t possible before and keeping families in touch with what’s going on in each other’s lives.
There are also downsides to letting social media and the things we post (or don’t) dictate the face we show to the world. The biggest one for me is the lack of organic interaction and candid moments.
People just don’t share photos anymore, they share selfies. They take dozens of photos of themselves and/or others and/or their food, just to share one…usually with the hashtag #MyLife. When, in reality, it’s not their life. It’s a glorified picture shoot – staring themselves and using their surroundings as a stereotypical backdrop.
I miss organic photography. Here’s a quick look at 40 historic photos and these taken during the Great Depression and these taken by the late Vivian Maier, a woman who captured the essence of everyday life.
There are thousands upon thousands of photographs just like these – all taking a look into the depth of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive – and they’re all unique, at the same time.
It’s just something that I miss and wish we would see more of.