I was asked at my most recent social media workshop – What is the purpose of Instagram? There are many answers to this question and it’s an ongoing love for Instagram I have. As with my social media posts, I find synchronicity, a kind of magic, with the photos I take.
You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams
I find great engagement on Instagram. Instagram can be a prompt for a post on Facebook, it’s a visual record of my day to day loves, it’s becoming a virtual visual board and more. It’s a great social media platform for business. I feel using Instagram makes me take more photos and has made me more visually aware of my environment.
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange
Here’s a recent example of the synchronicity –
Last week I attended the Australian Chamber Orchestra performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at the Sydney Opera House. It was a stunning event. Richard Tognetti leading the Chamber with guests performers Joseph Tawadros and James Tawadros – many masters at play in the amazing ambience of the Concert Hall.
After the concert, there was a gathering to acknowledge the Anniversary of 40 years of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Richard Tognetti gave a speech of thanks with John Olsen’s mural Salute to Five Bells standing guard.
Listening to Richard address the audience and then call Joseph and James Tawadros to the lectern I was drawn to get a better outlook and take this photo. As I took this photo, I had a moment when I thought there would be more relevance to this image. It may not be my best shot, but I knew to take note.
Three Masters. Four Seasons. Five Bells.
On further reflection, I Googled John Olsen’s Five Bells and this quote re his mural sounded out –
I wanted to show the Harbour as a movement, a sea suck, and the sound of the water as though I am part of the sea … The painting says directly what I wanted to say: ‘I am in the sea-harbour, and the sea-harbour is in me’.
John Olsen, 1999
And so I got further confirmation about the magnificent performance I had witnessed hours earlier at the Concert Hall. Richard Tognetti played the violin as if he was the violin, and the violin was him. Joseph Tawadros played the oud, and the oud was him. James Tawadros played the Riq and the Riq was him. Divine words for a divine performance. The photo I took led me to the words.
And as happens with synchronicity, the magic, the music keeps playing over and over again. I keep getting reminders of the Five Bells – in meetings, on Instagram and more.
Where do you experience your moments of synchronicity, of magic? What do you love about Instagram?
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