DC-based photographer Melissa Golden talks about her love affair with Instagram and why she’s deleted her account.
I got my first iPhone in January of last year. Instagram was pretty much the first app I downloaded and I immediately fell in love. I loved its ability to connect me to others visually and I began to quip in pictures. I loved the way the images looked on my phone and I was romanced by the filters. I would get heady when my likes would creep into the double digits. I shot for myself, but increasingly my steadily growing “audience.” I experimented in ways I was not allowed to for work. I composited images and dodged and burned and really painted fantastical scenes. It marked a rebirth of a creativity I thought I’d lost. It was so easy and stealthy and casual and I photographed the kinds of things I hadn’t shot since I was a student- but I was a better photographer who had long been “too good” to carry a big camera with me everywhere because that’s for when I get paid. I brought my trained eye to the iphone and Instagram made me fall in love with photography all over again. It was a true honeymoon. We were so in love. Instagram even made me a featured user, bringing me over 14,000 new followers.
For all these reasons, I will be forever grateful to Instagram, but that doesn’t change the fact that I deleted my account this month.
Continue reading and see more photos on Melissa’s blog.