Is Instagram Destroying Photography?

In a world that is bombarded with photographic images I am beginning to feel that we no longer value photography. Instagram feeds us photos faster than we can actually decide if we “like” an image or not.

It should come as no surprise that in general with live in a world in which attention deficit disorder is rampant. It is difficult to imagine what it will take to get people to slow down and appreciate individual images.

And it doesn’t really matter if you have text with a photo as most people don’t read the text. Hashtags are the rule of the day. Photos get lost in hashtags that are popular or they don’t get viewed at all.

Soho Windows, New York City, April 2012

I write here on Curious Frame to bring light to some of the interests and concerns that I have in photography. The world has become a visual place where we categorize those things that we like based on “likes” and move on.

What ensues as a result of the “like” or not like is a rather binary view of the world. Not like is of course not recorded and not knowable. We are served whatever social media platforms “think” we are interested in.

What are your thoughts about the current state of affairs in photography?

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