There is something intriguing and appealing to the eye when we see an Instagram with filters and they all go together. It is something called a "theme", and I can't lie that I now try to follow a theme of my own. It is a theme where some of the photos look faded and has a very low contrast. Where this has came about, I'm not quite sure but it is an Instagram thing.
I was told that this happened before in other websites that bloggers would go on. Instagram is like a photo blog for those that want to have a creative outlet. It's building itself to be an outlet of inspiration. There are even photo apps on the rise that encourage filtering images and having a certain theme. Apps like VSCO cam was almost made revolutionary because of the amount of users that use the app. The app is known for the faded option and the different types of filters to either get a bright look, vintage look, or any other aesthetic to add to photos. With the rise of these photo editing apps, less and less people are posting photos without filters. Those profiles with little to no filters are not known as the eye catching ones. I used to post photos just because it was a memory for me, a moment that I can remember forever and now I only post a photo or take photos that would go well with the theme of my page. As I had more and more inspiration from other Instagram pages, I also felt the need to create a page that we appealing.
Some creative bloggers would agree that it wasn't always for the likes or comments. I follow many people that have a small following, but I follow because of the eye catching feed. Humans have a tendency to gravitate towards things that are appealing, so I don't blame us for looking at an aesthetic to mimic. There is no real reason as to why a certain trend comes along. We follow those that inspire us and we want to be just as creative.
Creativity has no bounds. It shouldn't be judged as something good or bad. Instead of expressing ourselves on paper, now we have social media to do it for us. Media sites like Instagram create artists. Social media does have bad parts to it as everything has a pro and a con, but I don't believe this is one of them. Of course filtering is hiding a part of us and showing a part of us that we are not. But, we are expressing ourselves in a form of art and in a form that is different from everyone else. Our photos will always be our own work of art.
Here are two Instagram pages that are aesthetically appealing to me.