Over the past month I have been really getting into instagram.. The documentary Instagramis really pins what Instagram has become for me. It brings people together and develops relationships around the world with a click of a button.
Instagram is a great community. Especially with my big trip coming up I have been able to easily gain information on where to travel, what to look for and even made some lovely creative new friends.
A few months ago I started noticing people organizing 'instameets' (mostly in the states which upset me) but it still really pushed me to meet new people, connect with people I never thought I would. A now good friend of mine Jess connected with me through instagram initially. So what is instagram? Well I know one thing, it has pushed me to explore so much more of my immediate surroundings. My work colleagues think I have lost it when I spend majority of my breaks exploring and taking photos. But that's it for me. I enjoy it and I love finding a new way to connect with people.
Instagram had its turning point for me when I discovered a now friend of mine Kevin Russ.. I stumbled upon his blog and saw what instagram could be used for, not just a tool for taking photos of your food or self but a way to explore your surroundings and show this to the world. A creative outlet worldwide.. Wow I thought.. I like this. This is me. It really was a push for my trip to further myself to explore, to push the boundaries and just live. I got to the point where I was over deadlines for work, over the 9-5 job, I was over routine.. Instagram and meeting people like Kevin really just gave me that more of a push to go out and find adventure to take photos and plan to push this to the maximum for when I reach the states..
"Instagram is so much bigger than an app. Instagram is changing the way we make and sustain relationships. It's questioning the barrier between analog and digital. Instagram in and of itself is not a way of life, but the effects of Instagram has changed my life and countless others," says Paul Tellefsen.