I’m over Instagram.
I'm Nick Stamas, a designer, developer and photographer. I live with my wife and daughter in New York City.
For photographers like me, Instagram doesn't work. Whether you have 5 followers or 500,000, it’s not a place for photographers looking to share their work with a community of thoughtful, engaged people.
Worse, it creates a toxic treadmill of insecurity and self-doubt by encouraging us to focus on fake follower counts, lazy likes and crappy comments. I’ve been there, obsessing over follows and likes. It’s not a good place to be.
My goal isn’t to gain thousands of followers and become some kind of social media king. I'm looking for ways to get better at the craft of making good pictures. There's a lot of us out there, and we can do better.
It's hard to learn to make better pictures on your own. I believe that getting consistent, regular feedback (and thinking critically about other’s work) is the best way to make great photographs.
I'm building a new app and I'm doing it in public, because I need your help. Let's rethink how we engage with each other as a community of creators.
Nick January 3rd, 2019