Doing it for the #gram

The 2nd photo cost me roughly $5.

That’s a really expensive IG post. The cost per exposure is calculated with the cost of the film, the cost of development and the cost of digital rendering. That means I’ve made a lot of very expensive mistakes too.

Everytime I overexpose, everytime I underexpose and everytime I guessed the shutter speed wrong, it cost me.

But I love every single exposure.

I think of all the insulting things I’ve ever heard in my life, one of the most insulting was hearing “you have a social media addiction” from someone so close to me. I let this statement brew and step inside the back of my mind for a while. I questioned if indeed I had an addiction to social media.

Genuinely, and wholeheartedly I can say no.

This is just a platform. I’ve always been the outcast and I’ve found and connect with a lot of people that are passionate about creating; people who are more engrossed than I am. Frankly, people who are far better artists than I am.

When I was younger, I didn’t understand anyone who had aspirations different than mine. Now that I’m older, and questionably but hopefully, marginally  wiser, I realize the reason I had had these aversions towards these people was simply because I had no passions of my own other than “success”.

I’m not just referring to photography and visual medias. I’m talking about the friend who’s at the gym everyday prepping for a bikini competition. I’m talking about the friend who’s posting street photography every single day. I’m talking about the friend who’s the best dad I’ve been blessed to know to his adorable two daughters. I’m referring to everyone that loves something other than “success”.

When it no longer brings you happiness and it becomes about the final destination, that’s when the problem starts because “success” is a moving target.

There’s always going to be people that are “doin’ it for the ‘gram”. Heck, sometimes, ya same.

But don’t categorize something you don’t personally understand as an “addiction” or a mental health issue. Just because you don’t understand it, it’s not wrong.

P.s. #worldmentalhealthday

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