Well firstly, I don't have an iphone even though if I wanted to stretch my finances I could maybe afford one, (which makes me a 'radical chic di merda' according to a friend's brother). So I won't be taking any sqaure photos or using an instagram app.
I could end this post right here, and maybe I should but....
Why instagram or use instagrammy effects in the first place? Iphone cameras often aren't so good on the colour front or the sharpness front so a filter or two can help hide that defect. I only ever play with these things post processing when my original photo came out badly. My nostalgia for what could have been makes me try to hide whatever damage I caused with some severe vignetting, blurring or 'lomo' effects.
|For example: the photo came out blurry because I forgot the first rule in photography (which is to stay still).|
|For example: the camera auto-focussed on the wrong thing.|
These pictures came out pretty "arty" after a filter or two, but the problem is that deep down I know the only reason they look like this is because I messed up when taking the picture. And that means everytime I look at these photos I feel annoyed.
The biggest reason I don't like retro filters though is that vintage is just not my style. I look at the photos above and think pretty much anybody could have taken them. Nothing about them says that they're mine.
So in short, friends and lovers of instagram, I won't be joining you, but it doesn't mean I don't enjoy looking at your pictures. Just as long as you promise to stick to baby and family photos (so cute, like our parents' early photo albums) and stay way away from the food snaps. The last thing food needs to look is old.