We have been given the chance to do a mini Instagram exhibition to promote the exhibition. One of the technicians has said for anyone who wants to, we can send him some of our images and statement about my work. I think it is a really good idea to get our work out there. And let people know the sort of work they will be seeing. And Instagram is a great way of doing it.
It also looks good for the photography course and page that shows the work us third years are making. It also looks good for the other years to see what they are going to do when it get’s to their third year. Another group it looks good for is potential students, that they have a page to look up and see what they can do if they came here.
This was the first image of mine I chose to put on Instagram, I wanted to see how my work would be received. And I loved this image from the moment I took it. So I thought I have classmates who put their work on social media why can’t I! This piece to me wasn’t what you see on Instagram all the time so for that reason I thought I’d risk it. And I got a lot of likes not hundreds but enough to put confidence in to my work, I even got a good handful of additional followers which was nice. Felt my Instagram was getting a little more out there!
I think adding work my work to my Instagram did encourage me a bit more to go for it with my work. And that people want to see what I am doing or else why follow my page. It did give me confidence I desperately needed, I am the first one to admit I am often defeatist about my work and am the first one to pick faults. So doing this both got my work noticed and inspired me to be confident in the work I had created.
The Kardashian women and unrealistic body goals…
Today we are exposed to a constant stream of body ideals that are next to impossible to achieve. The most famous out there would be the Kardashians who are famous for the tiniest of waistlines and the biggest curves in all the right places.
The Photoshop behind the majority of this families success has led to girls body shaming in an effort to look like the latest Kardashian trend. It’s true what they say money really does speak, and if we had the money we would all turn into a Kim K look alike.
They encourage girls to objectify themselves even on social media all the girls post the most revealing images and in some bare all! Now that we can buy their waist-trainers, makeup and clothing line we want to be them. We don’t care about the amount of money it will cost the physical and mental dangers to ourselves. They aren’t just trend setters they are a trend in themselves.
Because they have created this perfect narrative on their Instagram we copy it. Although we slate them for how fake they are that even their ‘natural’ selfies are Photo shopped yet we do our best to recreate the look. Because of what we see it means me just can’t seem to be happy with what we do have ourselves. Now it is all about being self-obsessed and who’s Instagram looks the best.
After mentioning this artists work in my last blog post, I wanted to look at her properly. Excellences and perfections is a perfect example of the characters of Instagram today.
This hoax she created attracted thousands more followers over the course of the work. She has used her work as a social experiment to demonstrate how people respond to and mimic these characteristics.
Giving the appearance she was going through drastic physical and mental changes. From the cute girl persona to the girl do Chanel coke lines off Mirrors.
After doing a lot of research into the characters she could become she developed a narrative to link the three together. Thanking her followers for the support as she ‘learned who the real me is’.
She cleansed, enhanced and ditched the coffee lover for the semi nudes and tear filled posts. All part of a carefully planned story to at the end show the falsity of her work.
With it receiving a lot of negative attention for supposedly lying to her followers. She points out she only did what we do everyday ourselves on Instagram.
There is one thing that I find sticks out a lot at the moment. And that’s how many followers or likes we have!
We all want to become this Instagram famous person. And I believe it is down to the people who influence us. For example the whole Kardashian bunch, they have millions of followers for the false narrative they create. And it’s rubbing off on women everywhere.
We like the idea that we can be anyone we want to be on Instagram no one really will know the real story. We can become what we think is an intrend unique person. But the reality is this narrative women follow is one that has rules. Gone have the days where you could post any old rubbish on Instagram not caring how many likes it got.
You become a category much like the work of Amalia Ulam who’s own work showed the three types of women we put ourselves in with. How all realities are fictions. No one really is who they say they are no matter how many times they put ‘no filter’ or ‘natural’. But because it is made to be so normal now. Between the rules of what you can post to how your profile should look we start to lose our identity.
No one really is who they want to be as much as they believe it. We all have insecurities in one way or another. But creating this whole new person makes us feel more inadequate when we put the phone down for those few minutes a day. All the followers we have are also their social media equivalents. Our own body image should not reflect that of who got the most likes on a selfie and has over X-amount of follower. Yet we have been bred to believe that’s how it is.
We need to move out of the virtual world and learn to like the reflection.