“Where did you go?”
If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed….
or maybe you haven’t noticed because I honestly have not posted much in the last year…
I pulled the plug.
I didn’t pull the plug on my business. I pulled it on social media.
Yes, to many, I’m committing business suicide. To some, I may be even committing social suicide.
It’s for those very reasons I wrestled so long with the decision to pull the plug. The creators of these platforms are absolute geniuses. I will give them that. We have all been drawn into a web (World Wide Web..how did we not catch that??) that we find increasingly harder to extricate ourselves from. The world has gone digital. We do everything via our social media platforms, from advertising and shopping to planning family parties.
Why I decided to leave…
However, the current climate on social media is simply not one I can continue to support….not as an individual and not as a business. I believe in free speech and privacy, both of which are rapidly evaporating.
Another massive concern that has weighed on me is the huge presence of sexual predators on these platforms. As a mom to daughters, I am extremely protective of my girls, which includes the young women I have the privilege of photographing. You. I cannot control what you choose to do with your images, but I can control what I do with them. I don’t want to be part of a problem. My whole vision is to show young women their inherent worth and beauty which is truly seen within….not an outward commodity to be leveraged for likes.
So, I’m choosing the radical path. I’m choosing to go against the stream. I’m choosing a counter culture. I’m choosing to live what I preach. Talk is cheap, right? We all do it. Talk, talk talk. However, what are we actually doing about it? What price are we willing to pay to do what’s right? We can choose to surrender and say, “Well, this is the world we live in now.” Or, we can put our foot down and say, “No.”
My website is my platform. My newsletter and blog will be my main forms of communication. My marketing is YOU…good old fashioned word of mouth.
If my business tanks, oh well. I know that sounds flippant, but I’d rather go down with a clear conscience than succeed because I did what was easy and expected. “Everyone is doing it” is never an acceptable excuse.
Your images are for YOU, not the entire world. We don’t need social media to validate our very existence.
So, to answer the question, “Where did you go?”
I’m still here!
I’m still photographing!
I’ve just gone incognito
…the secret senior photographer.
“The answer of how do we save these kids is that we can’t until we first save ourselves. We as adults and as parents, we have to break free from our screen dependency and our social media addiction. … We have to teach them from our example that our worth, that our self-esteem, doesn’t depend on likes on a photo. We have to teach them from our example that it’s OK to show the world that we’re not OK, that we all feel alone and inadequate. … And we can share that, even though social media has taught us not to.”Collin Kartchner