Wednesday, 17 August 2016

in defense of the ugly Insta

One of the things that I am always seeing go around the interwebz lately is how social media is affecting us. Our lives, our moods, our self-confidence...I can hardly click onto facebook without seeing an article about how social media doesn't reflect our real lives.

And I'm not immune to it, either. No matter how many times I tell myself that this blogger's life, with her artfully curated flat lays or stunning holiday photos, is bound to have good times and bad, I still find myself looking dejectedly in my closet. Don't get me wrong -- I love a beautiful Instagram profile. And any photo I post? Yup, definitely edited and thoughtfully taken. But I wasn't always that way.

In fact, if you look at my instagram page from back in the early days of the 'gram, you'll find lots of ugly photos. Part of it is the camera quality my phone had in 2011 and part of it is that there was pretty much nobody else on Instagram then. Seriously. My first photos have no likes because none of my friends were even aware that I'd posted them. So what did it matter if the lighting was bad or if the angle was unflattering?

my first post on Instagram

Somewhere along the way, I made the subconscious decision that only the most beautiful of my pictures would be honored by an appearance. The ones destined to get the most likes or where my hair looked both voluminous and smooth (no small feat, I might add). And we tend to look at ugly photos on social media and think, "I never would have posted that!"

But maybe ugly photos are what we need. Photos where our hair or our homes are a mess, photos of that dress that awkwardly cuts you in half but you can't throw it out because you've had it ten years, photos of unpainted toes and blurry sunsets. Photos that remind us that we're human and life is messy and that sunsets don't need to be perfectly photographed to be appreciated.

It's time that we celebrated the ugly picture. It's time we posted them, if only to tell each other to remember that we are still real people behind the screens. Real people with real, ordinary lives.

Blurry sunsets and all.


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