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How Has Photographic Art Been Changed By Instagram?

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The introduction of social media like Instagram has changed our world in a myriad of ways, with the photography industry being one of the sectors that have experienced the biggest shift. Now that Instagram has taken over, various forms of art and photography have been altered in ways nobody could have expected, and the lasting consequences that Instagram has had on culture are too innumerable to count. 

In this article, we will be taking a look at a few of the most notable ways in which photographic art has been changed by Instagram, as well as discussing a few of the factors that have allowed Instagram to have such a big impact on the photography industry. 

There Is Higher Interest Than Ever Before 

You have to give credit where credit is due; Instagram has had an incredibly positive effect on the overall popularity/interest in photographic art. Before Instagram came into the scene, photographic art was relatively niche; or at least not something that was generally sought-after by the wider public. 

However, thanks to Instagram, this is no longer the case. It takes mere seconds to find an amazing photographic art piece on the discover page of Instagram – this should give you some semblance of an idea of just how popular photographic art is. 

Almost everyone on Instagram has tried their hand at photographic art at least once, and the unfathomable prevalence of this form of art has almost made it somewhat synonymous with Instagram itself. 

It comes as no surprise to find that the vast majority of people who choose to make an Instagram photo book usually go for photographic art pieces that they have taken themself – people just love photographic art, and with Instagram’s help, this art form is now more accessible and popular than ever before. 

But Coming Up With Something Unique Is Hard 

Have you ever tried to come up with a unique photographic art piece to put on Instagram? If so, you are likely going to know just how difficult of an endeavour this can be. Almost every idea you can think of has already been published, and the chances of you being able to come up with something truly unique are slim to none. 

Learning how to take unique photos is now an incredibly arduous process, even for professional photographers. Instagram has just oversaturated the market to such an extent that now nearly every photographic art piece is cited as copying another, and this has left very little room for the rest of us who just want to have a little fun.  

All-in-all, photographic art has been monumentally affected by Instagram, and it is not likely that we will ever see it return to the place it was before Instagram’s rise to infamy.

However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Thanks to Instagram, there is now more interest in photographic art than ever before, and it has undoubtedly brought thousands of people into the community that might not have found their way were it not for Instagram’s help. It’s going to be interesting to see how things are going to play out over the following years. Catch you in the next one. 

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