The Only Filter You Shouldn't Be Using
I’ve talked a lot recently about Instagram filters, and opened a discussion on whether they’re a gateway drug to this belief that we need to alter our appearance to please others. Whilst I think that’s still up for debate, I do think there is one Instagram filter no-one should be using - the filter of fucks. Let me ask you this… how many times have you not uploaded an Instagram picture because you cared what other people would think? Maybe the lighting was bad, your hair looked crap or you couldn’t find a filter that made you look like Emily Ratajkowski?
I bet if you delve into the graveyard of your Instagram drafts there’s a fair few in there. Or maybe they didn’t even make it that far, maybe you’re stock piling them in your camera roll like you’re a bear about to go into hibernation. But why do we do this? To put it quite simply, it’s usually fuelled by the belief that what we are about to post doesn’t conform to the standards that we feel it should meet. The way I see it, this is aggravated by two beliefs. Firstly, that you need validation from others, and secondly a lack of confidence (both physically and mentally).
We’re creatures who copy. We aspire and hunt for what those we look up to are doing and feel we need to be doing it too. Aspiration and inspiration are two different things - one is a form of stimulus, the other is tool for comparison. I myself have become acutely aware of how I seem to throw this approval party before every upload - filtering my images through my friendship circle before I even open Instagram. The reality is though, you should be playing by your own rules. Don’t let Tina who breaks her back for a belfie every Wednesday define what you feel you should/shouldn’t post or when you should post it. Voice your own vibe - unapologetically.
I’m by no means perfect, I’ve felt on numerous occasions the urge to post a particular type or style of image because I see my feed flooded with them at a particular time in the week (#TransformationTuesday, #HumpDay - you know the culprits). But I’m making a conscious effort to step back and post what I want, when I want to - filtering out the fucks like it’s the VSCO filter I can’t live without that keeps my feed consistent.
I'm by no means perfect...
I’ve felt on numerous occasions the urge to post a particular type or style of image because I see my feed flooded with them at a particular time in the week (#TransformationTuesday, #HumpDay - you know the culprits).
So, I challenge you to un-filter the fucks on your Instagram images. Liberate yourself from the conformities of what you feel people would like you to post and post what makes you happy. Cancel the pity party for all the reasons you shouldn’t upload that picture, and use the platform to share what you want, how you want to. Your feed should be a reflection of you, not a reflection of what you think people would like to see. It’s a cliche but “you do you” couldn’t be more true - and yes, that rhymes.