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. Â Instagram was pretty much the first app I downloaded and I immediately fell in love. Â I loved its ability to connect me to others visually and I began to quip in pictures. Â I loved the way the images looked on my phone and I was romanced by the filters. Â I would get heady when my likes would creep into the double digits. Â I shot for myself, but increasingly my steadily growing â€śaudience.â€ť I experimented in ways I was not allowed to for work. Â I composited images and dodged and burned and really painted fantastical scenes. Â It marked a rebirth of a creativity I thought Iâ€™d lost. Â It was so easy and stealthy and casual and I photographed the kinds of things I hadnâ€™t shot since I was a student- but I was a better photographer who had long been â€śtoo goodâ€ť to carry a big camera with me everywhere because thatâ€™s for when I get paid. Â I brought my trained eye to the iphone and Instagram made me fall in love with photography all over again. Â It was a true honeymoon. Â We were so in love. Â 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 doesnâ€™t change the fact that I deleted my account this month.
Continue reading and see more photos on Melissa’s blog.