I located this image online a while back and I really loved that it challenged me to see things differently. Especially on Instagram there are a lot of trends in photography i.e. the infamous selfie. I like photographing and making memories even though my photos aren’t all that great–they make me happy. However a lot of people use Instagram to prove a point or to showcase their lives. There will be fashion bloggers posting themselves in various outfits, photographers posting lovely landscapes, men and women posting daily selfies, food lovers posting yummy dishes, and the list goes on. What’s cool about this quote is that it causes you to stop and reflect on your motives for posting pictures.
I definitely don’t want to point the finger at anyone but I think it could be a good exercise to look at the things you photograph most and see if that tells you anything.
- Selfies – Are you worried about what you look like? Are you scared to get older? Are you unhappy with what you see in the mirror and like to get validation from others by posting only your best filtered image?
- Significant other – Are you genuinely happy? Are you afraid to lose that person and take lots of pictures to hold on to the relationship? Are you posting lots of pictures as a way of showing your relationship off to your ex?
- Food – Are you showing off how many times you go out to eat? Are you afraid of losing the persona you have online? Do you only go to places where you know it will be a good photo op?
Granted some of those projections as to why you might be doing something is far-fetched. I can’t imagine some people doing that—but I can’t discount that there are some people who might be. I’m not saying you can’t enjoy your life and want to share your passions and interests with people but it could be a good way to self-inspect. I think we should always be fruit-inspecting and making sure we aren’t looking for validation and placing self-worth in the hands of other people–especially fickle people on social media who could approve of you one day and turn on you the next. I always want to make sure that my grasp on temporary things is looser than my grasp on eternal things. I used to value relationships, friendships, a social life way higher than necessary and luckily that was before Instagram or I would be lathering the internet with my obsessions. Most of the time without even thinking I post things about my blog or a good Bible verse or church, or a hang out with my volunteer group or family. I’m not saying you can’t take a selfie because you’re having a great hair day that might never happen again, or you can’t take a picture of you and your S.O. because you’re just so in love…haha. But I think we need to be careful not to make idols of these things. There’s this part in the beginning of Isaiah 65 that says:
“I’ve made myself available
to those who haven’t bothered to ask.
I’m here, ready to be found
by those who haven’t bothered to look.
I kept saying ‘I’m here, I’m right here’
to a nation that ignored me.
I reached out day after day
to a people who turned their backs on me,
People who make wrong turns,
who insist on doing things their own way.
I never want to go back to how I was…overly needy for good friends, or a relationship, or a job, or whatever it might be. I can be grateful for those things but I never want to replace God with those things. I want to spend more time talking about Him or to Him than what I’m wearing or who I’m doing life with. Everything in moderation—but I never want to be moderate with God.
Photo Credit:http://www.boho-weddings.com/2013/07/02/365-happiness-project-quote-157/ image had a spelling error that I corrected in MS Paint. (Yes I’m crazy)