Yes, this may be true. When everybody is mimicking, what else you can say about creativity? Like the latest movie The Batman Dark Knight Rises, the world is gloomier than ever (Shock to know 12 innocent movie-goers were shot dead when watching this movie in the U.S. Another deadly mimicking act!) and you don’t expect any heroic act. Creativity is trashed mostly by smart applications. But if you cannot create, don’t put the blame on any application or your own camera. You can only blame yourself. Use a little imagination, you still can show to the world you are not a follower. The craft of photography begins with every single creative mind, not with the camera or fancy apps.
I am not against any software application that do a little processing on our digital images. Adobe Lightroom is my favourite. However, my last stand is that I do not alter the image (see how easy it is by using Adobe Photoshop). I can accept other changes as this may enhance the image quality. So to me Instagram is not evil. It is only a tool to make fun with the images. To share fun with your friends on the social media, you need to do a bit of tricks. After all, this is a world that needs surprises and be more sensational because you want to stand out from the rest of the countless junks. Just like less and less people like things being original, they prefer more spicy and more flavour. If I take a photograph and post it on my website to share it with the others, I do not do any tricks. This is an ethical issue even if or not you are a professional.
So spare me using Instagram, although I have installed many similar ones on my smart phone. I have never used them, like many other apps installed. After a while I notice I have installed so many apps not knowing how it works. These apps are superfluous, useless, mimicking each other. Very few stands out from the crowd. Debasing photography is no big issue if you do not follow others’ stupidity.
To me every digital image is special, unique and the moment it records is like no others. A true photographer can decide whether he or she should go for these filter effects and what message is carried. At the end the viewer knows whether the image is powerful, touching, long-lasting or none. The filter effects cannot cheat. It only cheats the lazy photographers.
At the end, many thanks to Kate Bevan who has written such an insightful article.