bfitzgerald wrote:Maybe you're right I think it's this "social influencer" thing in full effect. I didn't see good composition or lighting or much else, but hey maybe they like the natural look. It's not always about talent, I mean Neil Diamond IMO can't really sing that well, but made an entire career out of it, and did very well for himself (any Neil fans apologies just not working for me!)
There are some good shots on instagram of course, but also a lot of strange thing too. I could post a shot of a camera lens and people like it, yet a nice landscape gets no interest!
A camera lens... now that is easily interpreted as an item to showcase a status of luxury or a promotion for anyone interested in photography. They can personally relate to this item because it is high-technology -no matter which era-, not easily accessible unless you have the necessary monetary means and it also requires the knowledge and background of how-to-use, etc.
These are items of social standards and points to a hobby/profession that may be covetted, hence the attraction and 'likes'. Everyone, nowadays, wants more of the 'cool' and camera lenses are always chic and cool because they are built by savvy people who knew how to construct one using knowledge of optics, physics, mechanics, materials. Somehow, though, everybody thinks that they can find a neat landscape and photograph it better. Harder to get, the more covetted... in my humble opinion.