With the increased commercialisation of visual content, I’ve made a conscious effort to remind myself of how enthused I used to be with diarising my life through photography.
Having recently rekindled my fervour for documentary photography and storytelling through that medium, I’ve been creating visual narratives by way of gallery posts on Instagram. Frankly, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve felt such creative fulfilment in uploading imagery on social media. I’ve previously touched on my bewilderment with the proliferation of content in the online space, and I have babbled about the tensions between true creativity and engagement tactics in response to social media algorithms, but seeing all of the positive response to my story-oriented images as of late has been nothing short of reassuring.
I started the themed series by photographing corners of my home to which I had become accustomed. With the increased commercialisation of visual content, I’ve made a conscious effort to remind myself of how enthused I used to be with diarising my life through photography. It’s also been extremely revitalising for me to dip in and out of different art mediums — such as painting (I’m currently working on an oil-on-canvas, which takes me back to 12th grade when I worked in the art studio all throughout recess, lunch, study breaks and after school) and music (which has always been a significant part of my life, from being in the choir, playing the violin and now teaching myself the guitar) — so exploring the ways in which these creative interests of mine intersect has been such an interesting process.