This play activity presented a challenge for me to take and post seven images in seven days (one for each day) through Instagram or Flickr.
I chose the option of utilising Instagram because it is conveniently an app on my smart phone in addition to a camera and therefore it seemed to be the most efficient and effective way of completing the task. Also, I realised that I rarely ever carry an actual camera with me, and I realised that at some points the photos I take will be quite impromptu and on impulse. Therefore, I thought it best to rely on my smartphone app to complete this task.
I was already feeling some trepidation in beginning the use of a new app, even if it seems quite similar to Twitter and social media forums that I have used. However, I have found that it is less about actually using the program (how to use it and so on) that is difficult, rather it is the photos that I take is. I have been completing this task for the last three days, and so far the images that I have taken and provided are one of a hallway, a tree on a university campus, a shoe rack and a shelf of books. I quite like the images I took as they are all things that are quite meaningful to me personally. However, I have been starting to think about what these images say about me – and probably to follow this, is whether I need to be concerned about what they (the images) say. Do you I need to be careful about what I post to protect my family or friends security? Do I need to be careful of the captions that I place – some forms of bad etiquette like swear words and the like, are no issue – but what if I posted funny social commentary on something political? Who will see it? This is a forum to share, but what does it mean if I monitor what I share? At the present, I have posted things that are objects but for some reason, although there is some security in being able to choose the contacts who see your posts, it feels more public and for that I feel cautious.
Overall though despite this, I am having an enjoyable time completing the activity of taking seven photos for seven days. Unfortunately, I find it hard sometimes to know what to take so that the photo will be meaningful or significant. Contributing to this may also be the awareness that using Instagram has not yet become habitual like Twitter and Facebook, therefore I have forgotten when I have been taken to “photo rich” places to actually take a photo. I hope that as I reach the conclusion of the activity and perhaps beyond, that Instagram will have a greater importance for my personal and professional life as I recognise that it has many valuable benefits.