Once upon a time I was staunchly against Instagram.
Like most things that we’re afraid of (or “anti”) though, I hadn’t tried it before I’d begun to knock it.
I was even a dissenting voice in a story by the AAP’s Neda Vanovac who wrote about the pros and cons of Instagram in relation to photojournalism. She spoke with one of it’s biggest advocates, Ben Lowy who has become something of the go-to-person on the topic after he began using his iPhone on assignments as early as 2008.
It wasn’t without irony – let alone a little sell-out-guilt – that my first use of the smart phone app. would be alongside Lowy when he, myself, Michael Christopher Brown, Stephen Wilkes and Ed Kashi covered Hurricane Sandy for TIME Magazine via the TIME Instagram feed as well as for their print and web editions.
I make no secret of the fact that I’m now very much converted and enjoying what it offers. On more than one occasion (on assignment) I’ve lamented not having an Instagram account to utilise for the commissioning organisation as the time between exposure and publication left many hours in which time an Instagram or two would certainly not have hurt their coverage.
If you’re interested in hearing some more, I wrote a small piece for the Walkey Magazine on my experience using Instagram for TIME during the hurricane which you can access by clicking HERE.
And if you’d like to see more of my Instagram pictures or to follow my feed, CLICK HERE.