A little ink and Instagram go a long way to make art. So too does a nice cafe. I bought a new phone and I am like a school girl in LOVE. It struck me as odd when the Apple staff said "Congratulations" but they are quite right, I just became a member of a club, the Apple iphone club.
In my "Where do I fit on the Internet?" workshop, I explain the different between open and closed networks. These days the web is a web of portals and apps to this and that. Some are free, others paid, but even the free ones have gates. Gates locked by an email address, gathering data all the time. This means that unless you sign up you cannot participate or play. You cannot see what others are putting out there, sharing for free. So a club it is.
Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter are all the same, but with Instagram it's not just the email you need, you need the tool as well. Now I have an iPhone, I can be "in" on Instagram. I feel strangely mean to those who are now "out", so I am posting these first photos here.
This week, I found myself in Manly on the first day back of the school term at Belgrave Cartel cafe, a cafe I visited after an Urban Sketching class earlier this year. I wasn't lost or lonely, but sometimes being socially connected can be sweet. It can also be unadventurous, disconnected, closed, rude. Everywhere you go these days you see people heads down looking at their phones not smiling at people they meet in the street. I confess this week, I've been just the same.
Having spent several years offline when my girls were tweens, I am now relishing the worlds that are opening up by being connected and I must say, posting pics from the cafe whilst out sketching, Oh my, well that's almost as delicious as the breakie I ordered. Poached quince on yoghurt with granola. Yum! Fresh simple and easy. The little toasties on the side were super nice too. So easy, all delivered to me. Yep, no stodgy cereal from cardboard boxes here.
You see, Blogging has it's ups and downs at times and having reached the summit of my 100th Blog Post, maybe I am searching for another mountain to climb. I don't need one, trust me, but the view sure is nice when you reach them. Meandering paths, gentle valley and flat walks are nice too, but I am looking for what suits me more, what will aid my creativity as more time and freedom come my way with my youngest daughter leaving school. I left my studio in the village in June and I can see I'm getting itchy feet. Travel is something I love to do.
Being a bit poetic, sometimes I like to post pics without words and even more, to post "live to air" as I am sketching or painting. It was super nice to have friends Jodi Wiley and Chantal Vincent pop by whilst I was working, commenting on my photos as the sketch progressed. I blogged "live to air" daily last year with my Winter Blog Tale and Beauty of the Bush series and I post progress shots to Facebook, but Instagram makes it so much easier.
I love this Blog, my little home in the air. I love where it's taken me and the people (like you!) who pop by and say "Hi". What I love most is it's not locked, there is no gate, it's open to everyone and it is free. If you read my story, you'll know I love to share and inspire, to experiment with technologies, pushing their capabilities. So when I finished my sketch late in the evening, I played with Instagram's new movie making feature. I added a soundtrack and here it is. Love you to play it and tell me what you think? It's so different to posting a photograph, I am definitely going to have to explore this some more.
Do you have an iPhone, android, or are you still hanging out? How does it make you feel "IN" or "OUT"? If you are in, how do you decide what to post where? Any tips on iPhones you'd like to share?