I recently posted this photo to the Ballet Zaida Instagram Account.
The reason I posted it wasn't to pat myself on the back. (Although I do that plenty)
I recently noticed a lot of people commenting on the Instagram account saying things like;
"You guys find the best dance photos on the internet!"
"This is my favorite account of ballet images. The photos you find are amazing."
I like the positivity. It's exciting to see people excited about the images, & ballet in general. But at the same time I think it's crazy that the internet has become a place where "repost accounts" have become the standard. Accounts with all "original content" have become so rare that people just assume they don't exist, even when they come across one.
For those of you out of the social media loop, a "repost account" is an account that doesn't create the images they post. (They don't take any photos, & they don't create any images themselves) The user will instead search the internet for images that they didn't take, & then when they find an image they like, they'll post that image to their own account. Thus the term "repost".
The issue gets deeper when you have accounts that gain huge followings from just reposting other people's content. Recently this account was in the news because it gained a gigantic following. (Which the user who runs it is now making real money from) But they didn't, & still don't, create any of the content they post. They take, or in some cases steal, the content from other users & then post it themselves.
As I said in the image above, all the photos in Ballet Zaida were created by me. I don't find them on the internet & repost the photos to the account. I've met & worked with all the dancers, in various locations around the world, & take the images one by one. The reason the photos don't look exactly the same is because I'm constantly trying new things, evolving & pushing the style forward.
Repost accounts are a new thing, & no one is quite sure what's appropriate & what's not. (For example, let's say the Yoga leggings company Lulu Lemon "reposted" a photo that you took of yourself wearing their leggings. What's the difference between that, & them using that image of yours for a TV commercial or a billboard? They're still using it for advertising.)
Clearly there's still a lot to learn about social media etiquette, but in the meantime I would love to see more accounts pop up that are entirely all original. I always tell people they should spend time with their cell phone camera creating images. I think doing something creative is really healthy for the mind, & also really satisfying to share with others.
Hope you guys have had a great week!
Until next time,