Even my dog doesn’t chase his tail…

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Instagram! Aaaaak.

I have a smart dog. Cooper is the smartest dog that I have ever had the pleasure to own in my lifetime. It’s not the proud father syndrome because when we had our last dog, a Dalmatian I would always joke that she wasn’t the sharpest pencil in the drawer.

Cooper turned seven years old yesterday and not once ever have I seen him chase his tail. Is it because his tail isn’t an interesting object to him? I dunno. I prefer to think that he would rather be chasing squirrels or some other worthy object.

What does this have to do with photography? Instagram. The more I post and make visits the more I am reminded of being in primary school and wanting to be the first one picked in sports or liked by the girls. Instagram for many is a popularity contest.

Like my dog, I figured this one out a long, long time ago.

Popularity or the appearance of being popular means NOTHING.

I saw a very popular Alberta photographer on there yesterday. He is talented. Not out of this world extraordinary but a very competent person and he had upwards of 50,000 followers. How does he get those views I wondered? Listening to my university aged girls I discovered hashtags. Hashtags are a way to index your images so if you have a photo taken in Alberta you might want to add the hashtag #alberta to your photo to help people find it.

Knowing that I copied this “popular” photographers hashtags onto a pic I posted this morning.  Within a few minutes I got a message from the admin of one of the hash tagged groups asking me to message him/her if I wanted to have them post my photo. Gladly I replied, yes!

I got a message back saying that if I paid them $6.00 per pic they would post my pics and share in the profits. I respectfully declined.

There is a message here about the appearance of popularity. For most of us it is work and there is a price to pay and in the end what do you get out of it? A false and inflated sense of self.

It doesn’t matter what others think of you. It matters what you think of yourself.

My dog figured out a long time ago that it made no sense to chase his tail. I think that he is onto something.

I am resigned to being a lesser shining light in the Instagram world and that is fine by me.

Happy shooting,

Dan

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~ by Dan Jurak on March 11, 2018.

2 Responses to “Even my dog doesn’t chase his tail…”

  1. shit, I did not know that. So far for hope about more followers on instagram…

  2. Pretty sad isn’t it? Makes you wonder about how valid those numbers are. I remember reading about Donald Trumps Twitter followers and how millions of them were bots that were bought and paid for.

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