Rebecca — yes! That is a very good point about IG. It most certainly has provided an avenue to bypass traditional — and traditionally exclusive — avenues for success in photography. I’m a good example of that, myself. I only wonder if it is still that? From what I hear from up-and-coming photographers (and even what it feels like to be on there today) is that Instagram is not helping them now the way it helped some of us early on. As the company pushes its newer features out — like Reels — the spotlight is off of organic growth and discovery and leans toward, I don’t know what to call it… entertainment? I’m much too shy to post to Reels everyday, so I feel like, okay, I’ll get discovered some other way. But your point is 100% true — there still are no places like IG, where one can post, get feedback, grow their work and have a chance to be seen, no matter what your genre is — and that is an important counterpoint to the article. Thank you!
I’m curious if you’ve seen a community called Ello? To me, it seems like this is what photographers really want out of a social network. You can post a series, put an actual artist’s statement on your work and even apply for photography gigs through it. I just don’t know if it’s too niche. Instagram’s ubiquity somehow makes the opportunity seem bigger. Just musing — maybe my next article. :)