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.
How we look physically affects how we feel mentally.
For thousands of years, fashion has affected our society and our society has affected fashion. We wear what we do because either it appeals to us, it appeals to others, or what we wear has a greater meaning. What we wear shapes who we are and affects how we feel about ourselves.
Society affects fashion because of statements thrown out about what we should look like, or what we should wear. This is what one calls the "ideal". Every culture and even every person's ideals are different. In Chinese culture, we are judged by what we wear based on how we look while wearing the items of clothing, or mainly the colors that we wear. In Chinese culture, colors are very important. We can't wear an abundance of white, white as an accessory (white is a color that signifies the dead), or even green hats (which signifies trickery). Generation to generation we are judged by these stigmas or these bad omens which affects how we should dress. Our modern society is like that now in a way that we judge someone based on if we like what they wear or not, and then we put them in a category just based on their appearances.
The other outlook is fashion affects our society. What we wear can describe who we are or who we want to be. I dress the way I do because of inspiration. What I wear is not always based on creative thought but based on what other people wore that I thought was appealing. This is the same for most people and this is how trends come about. Because of social media websites like Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and etc., we look at the fashion that we find appealing and it is translated onto ourselves. This is fashion creating the society. Based on our inspirations we wear a certain style and society is separated based on those styles. One person may find the "hippie" look more appealing and another will find the "Preppy" look more appealing. This separates the two into different groups just like how ethnicity is separated into different groups. You can see the difference more in Chinese history where different classes of society wore different kinds of garments. This physical aspect of people is what separated one from the other, or distinguishing their identity.
Lastly, what we wear can be based on our personal selves. We may wear something because of our emotions and these emotions can change throughout time. This is why people that change emotionally also change their appearances. This also applies to people who are tired in the morning so they just wear something more comfortable, which differs from a person that is more awake and have more time so they feel like dressing up.