Chris Johnston Photography

Don't Let Instagram Get You Down

A pic of the PNW that I shot back in June, right before I was fired from my job!

As we go through the Christmas season here in North America people will be sharing beautiful images on Instagram, 500px, and Facebook. While many of these photos are beautiful, just remember they are only a slice of someone's life. A split second in time over a lifetime of images.

I used to get jealous of twentysomethings living carefree in a van shooting beautiful locations all over the Pacific Northwest. Then I remembered that twenty-three years ago I was in a van during college traveling to Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Glacier National Park, and Garden of the Gods. The only difference is photography was harder (mostly film), and there was no Instagram. 

While Instagram, Facebook, and 500px can be great for a building a brand as a photographer, don't let it become a source of depression for you. Do the photography you love, focus on getting better, and stop comparing yourself to others. 

Where I was in my 20's

My 20's

were spent here


and here


and here