In this blog, our marketing assistant Ash, explains the value of images and social media.

In previous blogs, we discussed how social media can be harmful and have a negative impact on people’s self-perceptions and mental health; however, this time, let’s focus on the positives.

We are always told to ‘live in the moment’ but everyone’s life is greatly influenced by photos since they help us remember our past and remind us of specific people, locations, emotions, and events. They can help in defining who we are. One of the most popular responses when you ask people what items they would save if their house was on fire, is a photo album or PC containing all of their digital photos. Pictures tell our own stories and serve as a timeline of the people and places we value most in our life. They form our narrative, which we might later give to others. In the end, the countless photos we take combine to tell the story of our lives.

When I was in primary school, we had to take class photos where the teachers stood behind the children and the pupils sat or stood in ascending height order (tallest at the back, shortest at the front). Every kid would moan back then because they didn’t want to go through the hassle of fixing their uniforms, hair, etc. Nor did any of us want to stand or sit outside in the cold simply to take a picture, but little did any of us know that those class pictures would become one of our most treasured memories in the future. None of us knew that those pictures would probably outlive us. The school picture might turn up again a few generations later among old documents in an attic, and someone would look for their grandpa or auntie among those young faces. Whenever I find an old school photo of myself, I begin naming each student and teacher and instantly, words become memories. 

Photographs are important because they capture brief moments in our life that, to us at the time, seem to have little meaning. The importance of a snapshot might not even be for us; rather, it might be for people who are looking for us or the places we once visited. Each photograph could be a tiny piece of a puzzle that puts our lives in perspective.

We can express ourselves through art by using photography. When we see a stunning scene or someone with angelic facial features , we want to capture it. Although we all have a different purpose in mind when taking a picture, we all want to produce something. 

When you post a picture or a video to social media you are letting the world see a glimpse of what you get up to in your life. Every picture has a story behind it. You will be reminded of that particular occasion when you look at family photos because there is a story associated with each picture.  You have the chance to talk about what you know and what you want to be recognised for on social media. Sharing your knowledge will help you meet new people and develop new relationships. You will have more and more possibilities to interact with like-minded people if you learn how to effectively communicate your professional experience, accomplishments, and outcomes. You can start to build up trust by sharing content on subjects that you are knowledgeable about. This applies to more than just your online appearance. Your ability to be trusted will be validated if you live your personal image and your activities match with your online identity. As a result, the relationships you develop will be more genuine and precious.

There are times when you get a new outfit or do a lovely makeup look and want to show it off, but you’re too scared to post any pictures out of fear that people will point out your flaws or notice things about you that you didn’t realise, etc. However, if you ever have a moment where you feel confident and attractive, don’t be afraid to flaunt it in front of the world. Trolls will constantly try to bring you down and make you feel unworthy, but keep in mind that good will always outdo the bad. There will be a lot more people who admire your confidence, think you’re gorgeous, and compliment you.