I am a very slow adopter of new technology. So slow. But last year, I got myself an iPhone which I like and loathe in equal measure. I can do SO much on my phone…but now I’m basically an addict! I ventured onto Twitter (@cathrynrunning) and very much like the way it’s helped me get to know other local runners. And in the past few months, I dipped my toes into the murky waters of Pinterest. I used it particularly for my style consultation (inspiration was so badly needed) and have managed to avoid it using it since. Result!
And then there’s Instagram.
I avoided Instagram for a long time because it seemed to be all about 1970’s-style photos of everyone’s children. But then I gave it ago and honestly, I really love it.
Things I love about Instagram.
1) The filters. How they turn a mediocre photo into a cracking photo. How they turn a dodgy photo of one’s self into a decent photo of one’s self. Thanks Instagram.
2) The Inspiration
I have made such a long list of places to hike and run and cycle and visit from people’s Instagram photos. It’s a never-ending source of inspiration about what to do outdoors. (Or whatever you’re into.)
3) It’s not nasty
Twitter and Facebook can be nasty places. I’m sure Instagram can be nasty too as mankind seems able and willing to poison everything good, but waking up to an Instagram feed of beautiful pictures is actually really nice. I’ve not seen any bitching or bullying on Instagram.
4) Photo Challenges
This month, I’m taking part in Zooma Running’s Photo A Day challenge. Not for the prizes but simply because I loved the idea of being given a prompt every day and taking a great photo that encapsulates it. I have been really enjoying doing it, it’s awoken a real pleasure in photography for me. These are a couple of the shots I’ve taken so far that I really like.
However, it appears that in order to be cool (and popular) on Instagram, you need to post photos of grey, foggy landscapes (admittedly beautiful) and tag them #liveauthentic. Apparently being authentic means wearing plaid, living in murky sky’d places and looking rustic. #iamsonotlivingauthentic
These are my favourite Instagrammers to follow:
@wisslaren – a Swedish guy who takes really amazing photos that make me want to travel.
@ thenaturephotographycompany – lovely photos of Wiltshire (aka Home) that make me a little homesick in a nice way.
@mattwilson73 – a UK trail-runner who posts gorgeous photos of trail running in the UK, something I’ve never really done.
@acoloradogal – Heather is the most outdoorsy person I’ve ever heard of and her Colorado photos are beautiful, especially when they’re taken by her photographer fiancé who is hugely talented.
Is anyone here on Instagram that I don’t follow? Let me know. And who are your favourite people to follow?