Over the weekend, Totally Rad was one of the sponsors for an Instameet in La Jolla at the cove. We had sponsored a previous meet in Santa Monica, but I couldn’t get to that one. La Jolla Cove is nearby and I had the time and the inclination to do some photography, so I went.
What I found was surprising in a good way. Here were a bunch of mostly young people using digital tools in an interesting way. Instagram is part of the world of social media. But I use it just for photography and sharing photos and looking at photos. These people use it to be social. They meet new friends online via Instagram and then meet them in person at events like Instameets. For them, it is Facebook with cameras.
It’s hard not to get caught up in the enthusiasm. Mostly people are exploring fun ways to take photos of each other and document the whole event. This is lifestyle photography as a social interaction. So cool. So not what I had been expecting. As a maker of tools, I had been waiting for the time when I’d find out what new and different things the next generation did that was their own thing. This was a peek into that. People just being creative with what they have at their fingertips.
Of course, at the end of the day, I am more photographer than socializer. So my focus shifted back to what I wanted to do with my digital tools. The tide pools in La Jolla are a familiar place. So it was not too inspiring and was hard to find photos that I wanted. Even still, it is hard to beat a day of creativity and new experiences.