I’ve been thinking lately about what to do with my photos. I have a huge number of photos that I’ve never shown to anyone or posted anywhere, they’re just sitting there in forgotten files on flickr or on my phone.
Speaking of posting – it’s not that I necessarily need to post photos for likes and clicks, but in any case there are hardly any places left to do so that I like. Facebook is mostly not a photo-sharing site for me, but a place I use for other things. Instagram started to decline with the ads and the algorithm thinking it knows what I want to see rather than showing the feed chronologically, and the final nail in the coffin for me was the recent update where they added shops to their main menu. So I’m rather off Instagram other than for posts about books I read. I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been dipping my toe into flickr again. I’m not wildly enthusiastic. In particular, the groups are much the same as they used to be when I stopped posting last time (with a few notable exceptions) – post one, comment on one, or a gazillion, or just dump your photos in the pool and ignore the others.
Am I bitter and grumpy and a bit off social media in general? Probably. Maybe I should get my own website, but that seems like so much work.
And then I also have the desire to make something physical out of my photos. I’ve printed and framed some, but would love to get a few enlarged and framed professionally, only that seems both terrifying and terribly pretentious – how do I know which of my own photos is good enough to spend that much money on? I have a lot of Polaroids in boxes, some of which ought to be displayed, but how, when I’m not crafty?
I suppose I’ll have to keep thinking about this, and any tips you have would be more than welcome. In the meantime I’ll be treasuring all these photos as personal memories – the value of which should not be discounted. Lately I’ve been browsing photos from past summers, and I’ll leave a few of them here in case you too long for sunlight and warmth.
All the best, Jenny G.