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Short guide to my social media

I know I haven’t communicated anything here for quite a long time, once again, but not posting anything on the blog doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy, just that I like to share things elsewhere. Shortly after my last post, I began move my old blog Ola’s Welt from WordPress.com to WordPress.org which kept me busy for a couple of weeks and took longer than originally expected due to some changes in the layout and the necessary transfer of my custom domain. I’ve been writing this blog since January 2011 so if you like to travel in time or are a little bit curious to learn how I stumbled into photography, go and have a look. About a year after joining the blogosphere, I created an account on Flickr to take part in a project and began to share more and more of my pictures there in recent years. I still think it’s a great platform to share and organize pictures, if only to make it easier for myself to access them from everywhere.

But nowadays this is not really enough if you are trying to make a living as an artist or just set up a business. Therefore, I created a couple of new profiles on the most popular social media platforms about two months before I launched this website in January 2016 and slowly began to fill them with content so that people would have something to see if they come looking for me there. Personally, I don’t like looking at exactly the same content on different platforms so tried to come up with some concepts to keep my own sites a little bit more diverse which is one of the reasons why I wanted to write this posts for a long time. One of the first things I did was creating public pages on Facebook and Google+ in addition to my already existing private profiles. There I share one of my pictures every couple of days, mostly old favourites of mine, unseen outtakes or alternative versions of pictures published elsewhere, but occasionally also little news and the links to my blog posts, if there are any. I’m mentioning these two pages together because they are more or less identical as the former platform is more likely to reach people while the latter is probably more to satisfy the big search engine. On Twitter, I’m normally not sharing any of my pictures but rather some random thoughts and things I find beautiful, interesting or funny, mostly about art. While I have been very skeptical about this platform and it’s character limitation for years, I find it surprisingly fun to use most of the time and often much more entertaining than Facebook. I wasn’t really sure what to do with a Tumblr as I was already blogging happily on WordPress so I decided to use it for a little fun project I came up with sometime in 2015 and only share images of crown caps from certain beer bottles there. The featured image of this post is part of a first series containing almost 60 red caps which I might turn into a collage one day.

Of course, I also joined Instagram where I’m only posting pictures that I have taken and edited with my iPhone. Most of these images are pretty minimalistic and show little things like flowers and leaves that I found on the streets, some are a bit like drafts, sketches or just alternative versions of images later taken with my DSLR camera. Even though there are no longer any restrictions on the format of pictures you can upload to Instagram, I decided to stick with the original square format as this is something I’d normally only use for my images when I shoot film. In a way, this is closing a circle as it my early experiments with mobile photography triggered my interest in exploring analogue photography in the first place. This brings me to the last site on the list, my Lomography home, which I have recently revived to upload all the pictures I have taken on film in the last couple of years. Most of them have previously been shared on my blog and/or Flickr but I thought it would be nice to have a separate platform just for my analogue work which is a bit different, somewhat more crude and experimental. While I’m still writing my old blog mostly in German, I’m using English as the main language for all of my other pages and profiles rather than German or both languages to keep things simple reach a larger audience in the longer term. At the end, it’s mostly about pictures anyway and they hopefully speak for themselves.

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