I’ve been looking at the social media presence of Lucia Griggi this week, as I particularly like her work - I love the way her images are quite clean in composition but also evocative - like the one below.
I’ve been trying to think about it in the context of points raised in the interview with Max Barnett. The interview discussed using social media, e.g. Instagram, as a platform to share your work but also as a way to share your reality with your viewers, to give them a glimpse into who you are, and into your life. I’ve mostly been using my Instagram account as a way to show finished pieces of work but I wonder whether it would be beneficial to also show more “snap shots” of my reality/my life. Griggi’s Instagram account[i] appears to mostly show “finished” work, e.g. work that is also on her website[ii], but does also occasionally have what appear to be snap shots of other things she is doing.
To me this perhaps does seem to make her presence more authentic, less constructed, and perhaps makes her come across more real – showing the person rather than just a collection of works. I wonder whether this approach works, perhaps it depends on whether you want to sell work or sell your services as a photographer. Perhaps giving insights into who you are makes you more relatable, prospective clients/customers maybe feel like they already know you and want to work with you. If this is the case then I think what one shares is still carefully edited to project the right kind of image, to continually push the brand of who you are and what you do. Which then makes me question – how authentic are these images? Are they snap shots of her life or are they planned and refined images? I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing if they are, and I’m not at all being negative about it, after all everyone has to play the game in some way or another. It does just make me think that I need to think more about what I’m sharing, and to what end, and to consider more about the message that I’m sending out with the images I upload.
Having to think about what first made me want to photograph/be a photographer made me realise how far my project has gone from my original intentions. My original interest was in travel photography, documenting and capturing moments that show glimpses into other worlds, other cultures. It was something that continually interested me and that I found exciting. My project, whilst it is interesting, does not have the same kind of draw for me. However outside of this course I feel like my photography does still follow that interest. I need to find a way for the photography that I do for my course project and outside of the course, to harmonise, to find my photographic style. It was interesting to note from this week’s forum that I’m not the only person with this problem, and that someone else is also struggling to keep the excitement that we first felt with photography. I don’t know what the answer to this is but perhaps for me it could be photographing areas in the UK that I don’t normally go to. I think this is something to try and see whether it does have an effect.