When Instagram first launched in 2010, I downloaded it and started using it. I gave it up pretty quickly however, because I didn't know anyone who used it, let alone people with smartphones.
I got my first smartphone (an iPhone 3GS) in 2010 as well, when I was 18 years old (it was a graduation gift), but it was never really a photography machine for me. I still posted all my photos on Facebook or Flickr.
By the time I got my iPhone 4, however, people had started using Instagram and more people my age had smartphones. I took a ton of pictures with that thing. I also had forgotten my old Instagram password, so I just started a new account.
What did I put on there? Photos I took with my smartphone, of course! It was cheating to post DSLR photos or film photos; Instagram was mobile art only. Flickr was the place for the pro stuff. Back then, I was only posting my photo-a-day projects on Facebook and Flickr.
Flickr was for photographers, Facebook was for family albums and such, and Instagram was for nasty phone snapshots.
Fast-forward to 2017.
Flickr is basically dead. Facebook is a dumpster fire of political posts and spammy trash. Instagram is the destination for ALL photography, not just snapshots.
Now to my problem: If a successful Instagram feed is a heavily curated one (see Elijah Bankhead's Instagram account which grows by the day), where do the snapshots go now?
Some will say, that's what Instagram stories are for. And yes, I agree, except snapshots increase in value over time, and Instagram Stories disappear after 24 hours. I wrote a post about this a while back.
When I started my fourth 365 project (which is still my favorite one), where I shot a portrait every day, I opened a new Instagram account for my 365 projects. Facebook had lost it's appeal, and it was clear Instagram was the place for all things photography, DSLR or not. This was meant to be my curated account. @willmalone365 was the place for my "art" and @willmalone was the place for my daily life snapshots.
A few months ago, I switched the names of the accounts as I was phasing out the 365, because I wanted my curated account to drop the 365 part.
This is the part where say "GOTCHA" and take off the mask of this post and reveal the elaborate plug for the re-launch or "re-use" of my "snapshot" account, which happens to also be the Instagram account that's been used since I was rocking an iPhone 4, @willmalone365.
You also may notice that this site has been updated. That's because it's kinda pricey to keep this site alive and I feel like a "portfolio" website is a waste of money. No one goes into their browser and types in your photography website just to take a look at your stuff. Instagram is the new "portfolio" site. Figured I outta be using my website if I'm going to keep paying for it, hence the blog-focused theme change.
So yeah, if you read this whole thing, I basically just tricked you into reading a long "house-keeping" post.