Hi. My name's Laura and I'm an Instagram addict.
If I were to name a spiritual home on the internet, Instagram would be it. I love the community, the connection, the inspiration and talent. I love the stories. I love that it gives women in particular a place to showcase whatever it is they want - businesses, ideas, art. A place to make and share whatever you want.
But as with all good things, there is the tricky underbelly. For me in particular, the overwhelming pace that tricks you into to thinking you need to produce work at lightning speed and share share share. It can be a complete IG downer. Don't even get me started on the dread C word - CONTENT. *eye rolls self into oblivion*
It's like a treadmill and sometimes you're forced off (real life gets top billing occasionally, right?) and sometimes you just feel dizzy from it all and end up flailing and falling face down, biding your time to get back on it, watching others race ahead.
It got me thinking, when was the last time I really planned a photo project? When did you? Where we took time immersing ourselves in research and sketched out ideas of what we wanted it to look like? Thinking before sharing, working and editing and tweaking until we're were *really* happy with the final product?
I'll tell you friends, it's been a looooong time for me, Like, a really long time. Like, I was teen at art school long time. Oops.
So I'm starting The Slow Photography Movement as a middle finger up to the pressure of 'content creation'.
Over the course of 8 weeks we will focus on one topic, and creating something we love from it. 8 weeks to plan and imagine and work and shoot and share and connect with others who want the same - all at a slow pace with mindfulness in mind.
The journey is just as vital as the end product here, and I'm hoping we'll create a community of like minded people who want to cheerlead and inspire each other. At the end of the year I'm hoping we'll have a small but beautiful body of work that makes us proud and reminds us that we don't need to rush through art in order to feed an algorithm,
Art over algorithm.
Who's with me?
Come join the (very slow paced) party here > The Slow Photography Movement