Skeletal leaf images from my Instagram feed
I am, I hate to admit, becoming increasingly obsessed with Instagram. Its ease of interaction and use is slightly addictive! Such a great, simple tool that can be utilized to show work and have a platform to voice concerns and reasoning behind my practice and why I do what I do. The writing of text to accompany images helps to hone in on the important aspects and analyse work. Feedback from other contemporaries, disciplines and viewers helps to verify what works and what doesn't. I question my utilization of the technology enhancing tools within this social platform but realize that this alone is a creative instrument that is there to be explored and harnessed.
I have found it especially useful in the documentation of work in progress and the instant view it creates of a journey; tracking thought processes in a compact visual way. It has been especially valuable in the imagery of skeletal leaves. Highlighting and playing around with light and filters enhances these pieces of skeletal delicacy, showing their intricate and fragile state at its best. Showing deep contrasts of light and dark the pieces become clearer and even more engaging. Through photography I become even more intimate with their individuality. Each leaf becomes remembered for its shape, texture and physicality. They are forms that have a bigger presence than was ever intended.
.......as the weeks go by and I immerse myself more and more into the use of Instagram I harness the potential that may arise from this tool. As I was advised: you can never post too much the more the better!! It is a powerful and supportive network for the creative industry. Visually as well as community based it provides a supportive backdrop for feedback on work. It is also a great way of touching base on an international level and connecting with the industry overseas. I find that posting has to be regular, interesting, honest and reflective in order that followers and fans of my work are regularly informed of my journey and thought processes.
I increasingly feel that society is drawn to images of simplification. Lines, mark making and forms that are uncomplicated and offer strong contrasts. A sereneness that offers calm in a culture that is constant with visual bombardment. The process of stripping back and identifying detail is a process I will continue to develop.
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