Instagram – our life in squares
When Instagram started in 2010 we were encouraged to share snippets of our life in squares.
At first we embraced this new 1:1 ratio, because a cup of coffee fitted perfectly in the frame, as did our breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am sure I am not the only one who can’t take a mouthful of a nicely presented latte until it has been fully insta-ed.
When we tried to share portrait or landscape photos though, we found that our scenes were cropped, and we didn’t like that. I know that it is possible to post photos that aren’t square these days, but, they still get cropped to fit the square grid that makes your feed.
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Developers of photo apps came to our aid with the “instafit” idea, which added the necessary border to make our pictures the correct ratio again.
Although the instafit option wasn’t the greatest, we settled back into the idea of squares again and all was well. My favourite app for this is CYMERA.
Later, we discovered flat lay photography and a whole new breed of well groomed, picture perfect, themed Instagram feeds emerged. I am in awe of those beautiful photos and how they get their white space so white!
Stories were implemented to try to draw in the Snapchat generation, and that gave us a 2 in 1 experience, sharing our staged, cropped perfectly square lives alongside the quick snap (or video) (in portrait) (with text) (and stickers) of us in a queue at the supermarket or our pets playing frisbee.
You may be wondering what point I am trying to make here. Quite simply – things change and nothing stays the same forever. I could’ve chosen anything as an example, but I chose Instagram because of the squares; the rigid uniform shape that had to adapt to the needs of the user.
Thank you for reading my blog. Please follow the links to see my life in squares:
https://www.instagram.com/craft_owl/ ~ general crafts
https://www.instagram.com/dotty_pages/ ~ bullet journal
https://www.instagram.com/mschoffy/ ~ travel