Living in a digital world: Are we branded?

Photograph taken by Alex Leung

Social media has been a brilliant building block to greater things, a place to build networks and in some cases earn money. I have met some kind, genuine and more inspirational people through Instagram than some people in close proximity around me in real life. That is the fascinating part about it. You get to connect, share stories and advice with people of all ages, genders and interests online. For the most part, I think it is a brilliant platform to grow.

I asked myself the question, are we branded? Do people get a very narrow judgement of us based on our Instagram alone and do people really "know us" that connect with us online?

My journey online has become increasingly better as I have grown as a person in the "real world". I have met some friends for life on the internet and bonded over an improving mental health journey and a love for art/creativity.

I have managed to meet some insanely talented photographers, artists and business people that have opened so many doors career and hobby wise. Whilst I looked at my social feeds, I asked about people's presumptions and people were very spot on. People expected me to enjoy the little luxuries, be occasionally shy and also enjoy the camera! I do believe that people can "put us into a box" by what they see of us online and that it is so important to be comfortable in our own skin and challenge the "stereotype" people may have of us. I am constantly pushing myself to learn new things, angles, go to new places and surprise myself and others about there being no limits to your curiosity.

I am aiming to throw more of my own creative projects out there on social media, as well as cherish the talented creatives that have taken some incredible photographs or recommended me to other photographers.

My goals this year are to start writing a book I have always wanted to write, present some more of my photography and do an experimental photo-shoot. I have been branded as too cute to be photographed and as someone suited to floral scenes only (I love this),  however I also want to push through these boundaries. Always go for you what you want to achieve and do let apparent limits or "judgements" drive you forward.

Thank you for reading and taking the time to visit my page.

What are your opinions on how social media presents a person?

Amy x

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