A Space for Play

 trees in the columbia river gorge make an interesting pattern of black and white. 

trees in the columbia river gorge make an interesting pattern of black and white. 

 morning light plays off a set of freshly thrown bowls.

morning light plays off a set of freshly thrown bowls.

 

When I first signed up for Instagram, I either wasn't aware that it was a social media site as well as a picture editing app or I just didn't care.  I can't remember which.  But for a long time, I didn't bother following anyone or look for friends or mess with hashtags.  I was having too much fun rediscovering my love of photography, even if only iPhone-ography.   I took pictures of whatever I felt like and edited them with impunity, playing around with all the filters and all the frames, with no thought to the 'cohesion of the grid' or ' building a following for my business.  I didn't even realize one could use the app for that.  I didn't realize it at the time, but there was incredible freedom in my naiveté.   I'm the granddaughter of an accomplished photography and I even considered it as a career choice at one point, back before digital was a thing and turned everyone into a photographer.  I will always love photography in a deep way.  

Instagram became a creative outlet for me that my ceramic work couldn't be since in the studio, I always had one eye on the customer. I'm not sure it can be helped, entirely, but once you start selling work, phrases like 'a cohesive body of work', and 'marketable pieces,' start swirling around, regardless of how much attention you choose to pay to them.  Also, deeper, harder questions of why do I make this work, what is my vision, how does it fit into the grand scheme, where are my roots.... all good questions but hard work and draining at times.  The need for pure play is also important and Instagram was that for me.  

That all changed when I started reading about using Instagram for marketing, when I started gaining followers, when I realized people wanted to see my pottery, not so much pictures of my kids (although I much prefer the latter).  I still have fun there but it's also work now too.  But I'm wondering, now I have this blog, a blog no one is reading.  Can this be my play space, at least for a while?  I'm testing the waters of online journaling right now, not even sure I want to have a blog on my site.  Mostly this is because I have found it hard to get back into the habit of writing after so long away.  And also, being tech challenged, I'm nervous about my ability to figure out things like tags and links and such.  But then there's that possibility of play again.  And I have things to say that are hard to fit into an instagram or Facebook post.  So, it's an experiment.  We'll see how it goes.   Could be fun...