I was a late comer to Instagram, joining in June 2013 purely for the purpose of following my friend Jess Van Den on her adventures throughout the US and Canada. Instagram had both baffled and infuriated me, as I am an old school photographer – I learnt my skill back with film and hand developing black and white film. I’d studied at a tertiary level and consider myself an artist. It just frustrated the hell out of me that people using a mobile phone camera could call themselves a photographer and get more attention in half an hour, than I’d get in a whole year with my own photography. It also annoyed me that Instagram was affiliated with Facebook and had some questionable terms about intellectual property (yeah that still bothers me a bit).
Then one day, I downloaded the app. On that same day, I discovered that some of the photographs weren’t half bad. In fact, some of them were actually quite bloody brilliant. That discovery both fascinated me and pissed me off no end.
“Fine,” I thought “I’ll give this a go. After all, it might be nice to have a venue where I can escape and just be me”. WordPress was all about my fine art photography, Etsy was all about my fine art photography, Twitter and Facebook were all about talking about my business, my fine art photography, and my cat (duh!). It was actually quite appealing to have somewhere I could just post photos of random things that interested me, things I thought were cool in the moment and didn’t have to reflect my business, or my photographic skill level.
To my surprise, I liked it. I really liked it. I got instant gratification because people instantly commented on my pictures and liked what I did. It’s a nice little boost. I reconnected with friends that had given up on other kinds of social media. I made new friends that I wouldn’t have met though any other venue, and expanded my ‘spoonie’ support network for bonding and communicating with other people that have chronic and invisible illnesses.
So, here we are, something like 550 days later, and I’m well and truly addicted to Instagram. I used to be a slave to Twitter (which I still like and has given me some great friendships, like those I have with Jesse and Danika), but I have almost abandoned that in favour of Instagram. I find it so effortless. Besides, a picture says a thousand words…. and if not a thousand, it says more than the 140 characters I sometimes struggle to fill.
On that note, I present to you some of my favourite Instagram images of 2014. You can follow my account at @8th_Wednesday, or if you aren’t on Instagram you can still take a look online at http://www.instagram.com/8th_Wednesday
*Most 2014 photos were taken with a Samsung Galaxy S3, as I didn’t upgrade to S5 until December. I’m still hoping to sell my S3 soon, but I’m not sure where to start. I don’t really like Gumtree.
Sunset on the first day of 2014.
My beautiful colour changing daisies. Unfortunately I have since killed them because I forgot to water them.
The ‘Dome’ (bini shell) house at 10 Ruan place in Kewdale. It sold in 2014 and has now been demolished. Not impressed!
Volume 1 of my Instagram photos. I am about to start work on Volume 3.
I finally embraced fashion (sort of) and got myself some decent sized prescription sunnies.
I drew and painted something for the first time in years. This is based on one of my photos available on Redbubble.
We watched the Australia Day fireworks from a hill in Victoria Park.
Chloe and I took to the city with our cameras.
I bought these Target sandals, which are still holding together a year later. The Betts ones I bought lasted less than a month. I’m not going there again!
I took my 600th Instagram photo. I am now at over 1900.
We celebrated Chinese New Year at Good Fortune Duck House in Victoria Park.
My sister moved into a gorgeous new house. We’re calling dibs for when she decides to move on.
Jason finally bought his guitar. I got to start complaining about him never playing a guitar instead of never playing a bass.
Going to Toastface Grillah became one of our favourite outings.
Wacom came into my life. I still don’t use if for 95% of what I could, but it has made such a difference to my computing!
I drew this, inspired by the Paul Dempsey song “Ramona was a waitress”.
I devoured these. I particularly liked Joanna’s book.
Jason and I took our Mums to see Rocky Horror at Crown theatre.
I visited my favourite place, Kings Park. Love the crunch of bark underfoot.
We spent some time in Fremantle, visiting the beach and going to Raw Kitchen. This is one of the gorgeous limestone churches in Fremantle.
My friend Jen in Canada, had Billy Boyd (Pippin from LOTR) visit her stall and buy a bunch of shirts. I was so happy for her!
Darren (formally of Powderfinger) announced his first solo tour. I got the first tickets to the Mojos gig!
Tierney has creativity block.
Raw pasta at Fremantle’s Raw Kitchen.
Tierney kicked off his 2014 cat-art exhibition, and I got a little bit more eccentric.
My gorgeous yellow wind resistant umbrella arrived from the UK.
Musk flavoured icecream came back into my life.
Frangipani flowers in my garden.
My phone fell into the hands of my sister. Oops.
I bought this gorgeous hat from Dangerfield, and it became one of my favourite things.
My birthday party was heaps of fun, and I love this silly pic of Charlie and Nika.
We had a picnic in Kings park the day before my birthday, with lots of goodies from Jean Claude patisserie.
Celebrating my birthday at No 4 Blake street.
Nectarines, pancetta, and ricotta with chargrilled bread. From No 4 Blake street.
My birthday card from Jason.
Nothing makes me quite as happy as balloons do.
One of my most popular jewellery designs, featuring a blue wren I photographed in Margaret River on my honeymoon.
Good Friday picnic at City Beach.
When I was a kid this tree was inside the schoolgrounds, and we used to play witches and use it as our cauldron.
Having an existential crisis.
I finally got my hands on a sunflower dress, which is good because I’ve been into sunflowers for over 20yrs.
On the bus to the city for the first day of general insurance training.
St Georges Cathedral, and my favourite old Perth building (lands admin office).
We had our first visit to Little Bird cafe in Northbridge.
Lunch from my favourite pop up lunch spot, JBento.
I discovered this gorgeous building in Howard street in the city.
Looking along Murray street from the Western end of the Murray street mall.
St Georges’ Cathedral in the rain.
Jas and his Mum on Mothers’ Day.
Those beautiful display cases that line Trinity arcade have caught my eye since childhood.
Sweet Petite Creations goodies at Sapore Espresso Bar.
Found in a shop window in Leederville.
My glorious yellow gumboots / wellies / rainboots.
I love the city when everything is wet.
My beautiful boys.
The side of my favourite old building.
And the front of it too.
The corner of Wellington and William streets.
Darren Middleton on stage at Mojos’ Fremantle.
I met Darren from Powderfinger. Woohoo! He dedicated ‘The Metre’ to me.
I introduced these one of a kind wooden pendants to my Etsy shop.
Deconstructed pumpkin pie from The Precinct, Victoria Park.
My handmade photo jewellery, ready for display in a bricks and mortar shop.
We have over-active imaginations.
Nothing beats a trip to the Temple of Koko Black.
Aren’t these cute?
Visiting the beautiful St Georges’ Cathedral.
My work on display at Preston Street Artspace.
I paid Nika to draw me this great sketch of Magenta from Rocky Horror.
I made some new earring designs for my shop.
Some of my favourite photographs found their way into mats.
Redbubble added a heap of new product lines, so I started selling bags.
We bought a cat approved heater.
Jason’s birthday started with coffee at Sapore.
One of my favourite stretches of road runs through the back of South Guildford.
This is what happens when I don’t straighten my hair.
One of Tierney’s performance pieces, “Desire to escape”.
Everlastings growing in the long grass.
A trip to Koko Black’s city salon.
Sunset over Yallingup reef.
Heart leafed flame pea.
Out for lunch at Swings taphouse.
Breakfast time in the refurbished Hayshed Hill cafe.
The chef at Hayshed Hill made us feel really special, even making me a custom order of pancakes.
Sick with flu, but hey, look at this great tree!
I’m not used to having to wait for him to take photos!
Landscape photography at Injidup.
Smooth rocks tumbled by the ocean at Gracetown’s south point.
Yummy souvenirs from our holiday to Margaret River.
Smith’s beach in Yallingup.
Garcetown’s south point. My first trip here, and I can’t stop thinking about the place.
Gracetown’s south point.
A yummy salad from Fresh Provisions in Mt Lawley.
Self portrait with one of my orchid photographs.
My friend Aoife said this outfit and hair made me look like I was fighting crime. =)
Perth instagram meet at Empire Homewares in Mt Lawley.
Rikki at Sapore’s first birthday party.
Jess and Mario at Sapore’s first birthday party.
Setting up my art gallery wall. This Kookaburra is by Natasha Muhl.
Gifts from my friend Kylie.
IKEA’s toys have gotten a little dark.
Brunch at The Precinct.
Everlastings grown in my garden.
I was so happy to find a photo print of this sculpture that stood in the art gallery foyer when I was a kid.
Our new lounge room (it used to be my office).
Brunch at Little Bird cafe.
Beachcombing near Mettam’s Pool.
Yet another visit to the doctors’ surgery. I was pretty unwell from June – November.
I treated myself to this lovely hand printed snowdrop shirt from LimeyTs on Etsy.
Lunch at Clancy’s fish pub.
I bought myself a copy of one of my favourite albums, and the songbook to go with it.
Cards by WA artist, Emma Blyth.
I made volume 2 of my Instagram album.
Banana bread from The Precinct.
His Majesty’s theatre.
Hanging out with my sister as we wait for the doctor.
I decided to make some artwork from my old film cannisters.
My sister made this birthday cake for our Mum.
Pancakes from Brooklyn Lounge in Claremont.
I drew this picture for my friend Nina, to celebrate her wedding. It has a heap of her favourite things in it.
My friend from high school, Nina, at her wedding.
At The Attic in Fremantle for our 6th wedding anniversary.
Sea glass collected at Bathers’ Beach in Fremantle.
Watching Graeme of ArtFresco paint his murals at East West Design in South Fremantle.
Swans on the Swan River in South Perth.
Tierney, demanding to be brushed.
Jacaranda trees on my street.
I really enjoyed the Ben Elton book, and am still to read the other one.
Meeting a Storm Trooper at the Perth Concert Hall.
Dami Im performing at work’s gala dinner.
My custom made dress from Zib on Etsy.
Visiting Gusto Gelato for the first time.
Gale dinner at Crown Casino.
Bayswater Riverside Gardens.
This Samsung Galaxy S5 case is available in my Redbubble shop.
Jenga at Devilles’ for Nika’s birthday.
Crown Entertainment Complex.
The minion that Chloe bought me for Christmas.
The lovely ladies at Sapore.
My sister picked up these creepy masks for us to wear on Christmas day. They had Mum laughing so hard she couldn’t speak.
My Christmas gift to myself.
The first Sim I made with Sims 4.
The very last day of the year.
I had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, with some of my favourite people.
If you pop over to my Instagram account you can enjoy a few of the snapshots I’ve taken during the first few days of 2015. You don’t need to have the Instagram app to view the photos.