Time is a most precious resource. That's pretty obvious, but sometimes the obvious has a way of hiding in plain sight. Over the past 5 years that I've participated in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & 500px I've create 10s of thousands of posts and answered 1000s of comments. I've also made more than a few friends. But the reality, for me, is that time is getting hard to come by, so I'm leaving social media to reclaim some of those precious moments.
I suspect that I may get one or two comments questioning my sanity, so here is a bit of my reasoning.
I've already mention this but I have a bunch of projects that are pulling on me that just need a yes, and more time. These include:
- Traveling and Shooting More - As I've mentioned countless times before, my desire is to develop a more intimate relationship with the locations that I shoot. Traveling to fewer places, but staying longer. Shooting more, culling harder and publish fewer, but hopefully, more inspiring images.
- Darkroom Work - Since I have returned to shooting film I've rekindled my love for the darkroom. So far I'm loving everything about it, but darkroom work takes time and I need more of it. In addition, I've got a standing offer to join incredible friends and learn platinum printing. I'm getting kind of tired having to say no to that offer.
- Invest in my commerical / real esate work - I can’t put into words just how much I enjoy my commercial and real estate clients. Over the years I’ve constantly pushed myself to find ways to improve the quality of images that I deliver. I want to continue that effort and spend more time and energy to and improve my commercial work even more..
- Books & Magazines - I have a number of ideas for books and a series of small, self published Zines.
- Workshops and Training - I'd have to say that my favorite thing in life is learning. The less I know and the steeper the learning curve, the more I enjoy the process. Which is one of the things I love about photography. It has an endless creative and technical learning curve. And one that I want to spend more time immersed in.
- Exhibitions & Shows - 2017 was an exciting year of being able to present and show my photography. I'd like to continue that but have the time to push the quality and content to a higher level.
- Blogging & Web Development - I've always found that maintaining a blog is an important part of my creative process. It allows me a format to share my photography, but it is also is platform for me to formulate and organize my thoughts. I've also, and will likely continue, to use it as a personal reference on the gear and technique I use and as place to post tutorials for myself and perhaps others.
Okay, I'll be honest, this one isn't really that big a deal to me. Perhaps I'm naive, okay I am, perhaps I'm ignorant, okay that too. But this more an icing on the cake thing for me.
Visibility and Quality
And this is really one of the biggies. Social media has continued to limit the reach user’s have with the folks that follow them unless we pay for the privilege. Around 5700 fine folks follow me on my Facebook page but I'm lucky if 25% of them ever see the content that I post. Add to that the degradation in quality of the images once they get uploaded and social media quickly turns into a pretty dang poor return on my time investment. So I’m going to invest that time into my own website and blog so I can maintains the highest quality that I can.
The reality is that my website and blog are my "home" and that's where I'd like to put my efforts. Social media is always in a constant state of flux with new site popping up and taking the place of the old favorites. So I'm planning to get off the "Merry-Go-Round" of social media and stay home instead.
But what about all those great connections?
The fabulous connections I've made through social media is really the only reason I've hung on this long and I confess I'm quite torn on this issue. My hope, more of a prayerful wish, is that those who have enjoyed my work and our connection will follow me on website by subscribing, participating and commenting.
I deleted 500px last week and Instagram and Twitter will go this week. And then finally Facebook. I’ll probably just deactivated it to start but I might permanently delete it also. Time will tell.
Well that’s about it. I sincerely regret if this upsets any of the wonderful friends who have given me so much kindness and support all these years. But I hope you cans understand this choice and maybe make the effort of checking in on me from time to time.