I have a new Instagram account. I’m learning about #themes, joining in conversations. And sharing other people’s fabulous photos . Maybe they’ll like some of mine.
First thing to do is figure out what I’m interested in, not always so easy to pin down I find. Like nailing down mercury. Some of my favoured themes are clear and jump out at me. For example, my canine friend and all his activities – in this case shredding Christmas paper. So : caninefriends.
Also the theme of gorgeous design and clothes, and the social scene around them, such as the Jazz Age shown in the London textile Museum. So : textilemuseumjazzage
Or, just think about the 1950’s, the Festival of Britain, explosion of colour and ferment of creative talent in clothes, interior design, food mixers, science and technology. I saw an on-trend 50’s wallpaper, whose design was based on the structure of insulin ! How inventive is that. 50’sdomesticdesign – does that describe it ?
What about quirky observations – scenes that grab your imagination for reasons you can’t quite explain ? Like these scaffolders, who could be dancers and their artistic shadows. Scenes that make life pleasing and particular. So : menatworkdancers ?
Or the wonderfully named ‘Moonlight Supermarket’ in Islington, for night time shopping. Moonlight to me conjures up romance, rendezvous, mystery. Not usually supermarkets. Is there a matching ‘Sunshine’ Shopping for daylight groceries ? nightanddayretailoutlets
Or here’s a picture I took on a narrow Italian road winding up the Amalfi hillside. I just love the distortion given by the road side mirror – it was an already bendy road. It has a sense of place for me, quiet, steep, dusty, away from the tourist buses. What theme would that be, I wonder…senseofplace Amalfi ?
How do you express a mood, an experience that’s intriguing, personal ? Do you have photos that do that ? How would you find a theme that interests you, in a blog or on Instagram ?
All the best for 2017.