Which are you?
I believe these are three roles we all play at some point, and I wanted to hone in particularly on how we fit each as bloggers and photographers.
In blogging and photography terms, this simply means we read other people’s blogs and view their photographs.
I spend a considerable amount of time each day reading online, sometimes photography related, but on a wider range of topics too.
These days I don’t spend so much time looking at images, and a significant factor in this is the device I use.
Where maybe 95% or more of my reading of text is on my phone, and for this it’s a more than adequate device, I rarely look at pictures on it.
Simply because if I’m going to look at other people’s work and give it the respect and attention it deserves, I’d rather do it on an iPad at least, if not my larger screened Chromebook, or even better, hooked up to my big(ger) monitor.
I’m not a fan of viewing pictures only a couple of inches wide.
Like Magritte’s The Treachery of Images, they say a photograph of something is not the thing itself. Well for me, viewing tiny pictures on a phone screen is another step removed still. Like a thumbnail preview, of a picture, of the actual scene.
So because I don’t use those larger screen devices so much these days, I look at fewer photographs.
Overall I see that what we consume informs what we curate, and create, it can inspire us to be more like or less like the other sources we read and the photographs we look at, either directly in terms of subject matter, or more in the style and approach of the writing or images.
Consumption in this sense I see as a gathering of knowledge, inspiration and ideas, and is pretty much essential.
Whilst some blogs do this very well, it’s never been my favoured approach with 35hunter to simply gather links to other blogs or posts I’ve read.
I have always wanted this blog to be a personal collection of my own thoughts and ideas, rather than a place to collect together other people’s.
Maybe that sounds selfish, but for me it’s kind of the point of a blog.
You share your unique view on the world and invite others to share theirs (in the comments section), creating a place of mutual interest, inspiration and respect.
So in that sense I hope 35hunter does curate – it curates some kind of community, bringing people together to converse in a safe space about topics they find mutually interesting.
Flickr, still my major online depository for my best photographs, I approach in a very similar way.
I do have a favourites collection where I occasionally add photos other people made if I really love them, but it’s not the main purpose of having a Flickr account by any means. Again it’s primarily to gather my own stuff in one place.
This one is perhaps the most obvious, and the most essential of the three, in my view. Certainly it’s the role I see me being in most, in my presence on 35hunter and my Flickr.
Put simply, places where I share the stuff I’ve written and photographed, partly as a personal outlet, and partly to share and reach out to others in the hope to inspire them too.
As I said, consuming and curating inevitably influences our creating, but for me the latter seems to remain the most important aim online with this blog, and Flickr.
How about you? How do you fill each of these roles of consumer, curator and creator in your presence online?
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