Curating False Realities.
During one of our research classes I presented the collection of photos I’ve been taking. Something I didn’t plan on doing was speaking about the editing process I go through for my curated collection that I upload onto Instagram. Sometimes it involves me taking parts from different photos or changing colours, etc. to keep a consistent aesthetic. A peer brought up an important point that when after being an follower of mine on Instagram and he heard this information about my editing process he felt “duped”. He went on to explain that he was under the impression that I was trying to show the everyday as it was and he was confused by the choice of altering it to fit a distinct aesthetic quality.
This challenge to my process was helpful. It made me reflect on the purpose behind this action. For context, I only upload 21 carefully selected photos for each series onto the social media platform. The actual bank of photos is closer to 100 for each subject. I realized about a year ago how much social media and my cellphone in general was ruling the way I was thinking and moving through life. Social media was my source for self-esteem and I was relying on comments, likes, followers to amount to my own self-worth. It sounds pretty pathetic but it was the head space I was in for a long time and sometimes even fall back into. With this being said, I wanted to use my social media as a place to explore and experiment with curation and bending reality. The class that I TA for has been a great outlet for me to discuss and debate these ideas of artificial/manufactured realities that technology have allowed us to create and continue to enable us to foster.