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  1. The Life of Jea says

    I see my instagram as a “wall of joy”. THings that makes me happy, or makes me feel a certain way. Add some sad things every now and then, that’s OK 🙂
    When I go for a fika, I usually hear people at other tables asking eachother if they’re not taking any photos for instagram, mostly women 50+, and I love it!
    I think it’s become acceptable here to take photos, but if there’s someone around 75+ near, you will quite often get the “oh those darn phones, they make everyone so stupid!” But who’s stupid, the person being happy about something, or the person complaining about others?
    I say ‘more photos for the people’!

    • LauraJ says

      Absolutely agree with you! I wish it was more acceptable in the UK. People stare at cameras with such annoyance and confusion. I went to a coffee shop yesterday, and after a few minutes, finally found the courage to take a photo. People were staring, but I eventually got confident.
      Instagram is a wall of our lives. Photography is a marvellous invention we should celebrate right!

  2. questionsfromateenager says

    As a lover of photography and photo shootings, I have learnt to deal with the fact that people stare – all the time. But I try to not let that discourage me or the people I’m shooting with. In most cases, if it noticeably affects you, people tend to stare even more. So I try to just have fun with it, just let loose and remind myself and the people I take pictures of that we will most likely never see those people again. So why care about what they think? I was baffled to read that so many people statistically react negatively to others taking pictures, I definitely thought that this Instagram age might have changed that a bit! Great, insightful post x

    • LauraJ says

      You would think Instagram would change views! In London especially, people stare at my camera with such shock. It’s ridiculous. And you’re right, we won’t even see the people again, and they probably won’t remember us.
      I’m going to try and relax. That and just stare back at people so they are uncomfortable as well. 😀

  3. Jennifer Bliss says

    Gorgeous photos and by all means POST AWAY on IG and other platforms! You GO Laura Jane!

  4. Beyoutiful says

    I have a similar viewpoint. I don’t think it’s wrong at all to always have your phone with you to capture several photos to post on IG. It’s really nice to capture those memories and I always look back on them like 5 years later. I mean you shouldn’t be obsessed with it either and getting influenced by all of the people who have amazing shots on IG but def be inspired and take a lot of pics around the world or even in simple places. It allows you to look at yourself in diff ways and love yourself for who you are. I’m an amateur photographer and love taking pics. My parents always get mad at me for taking so many and posting on IG and in fact, I don’t take that many compared to other girls. But I don’t care about what they think and photography is my passion. Getting likes/feedback on my pics on IG allows me to understand and me more inspired in photography. You shouldn’t be addicted in taking IG photos but yet you should def have fun and capture those moments when needed! Great post girl 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you lovely! Anything addictive and it’s an issue. My family think I over take photos, but compared to others, I think I’m not that bad.
      It’s great fun looking back though. Usually I laugh because I can’t believe how strange my hair looks or what I was wearing. It’s nice to see how I’ve adapted and really how my look has changed as I’ve gotten older.
      I’m a wannabe amateur photographer. I’m trying to get confident using manual camera settings. I rely on auto a lot. x