Meditation in the palm of my hand

Photo by Cappiello via Instagram

The other day, my younger sister asked me about Instagram. More specifically, she asked me why I felt the urge to post photos (low res, unplanned and primarily for my pleasure only) that the Man-- at the time of said questioning-- may or may not feel like taking advantage of. I laughed and told her that much like our long ago afternoons of yoga and cigarettes, Instagram is my meditation so who cares.

"Meditation in the palm of my hands" may have been my exact phrase, stated slightly condescendingly as only an older sister can.  But it's true, hand-eye coordination has been the only way I've ever been able to slow down the mind and just relax.  This is just the first time I've done it with my phone.  Part visual game, part thrill seeking, I love losing myself in photos.  And when I'm in the deepest throws of insomnia, I've taken to traveling the world on a magic carpet of hashtags-- which answers another question I was also asked "will I write a follow up to Traveling via Instagram"?  Here's the six month skinny:

Instagram has so many great photographers and photographs on a variety of levels, themes and perspectives, that I am either recycling, reviewing or discovering.  I constantly change my mind on who I love, like and follow, like a 15 year old watching the varsity soccer team for the first time.  True, I'll always have a crush on the photos of @SamHorine and @Cucinadigitale, who bring New York and Rome to my phone on a silver platter, but there's always room for more.

Tags:  #typography #artwatchers #bicichic #jumpstagram #puglife

Users: cappiello,  shaynabatyatomwhite_, Gummytingallimcbutterlegojacker (and anyone else creating sets with Lego figurines), swerved, and unique_lapin. And oh yeah, my kid sister, Itinerantme, so I can keep tabs on her as she meanders around Southeast Asia.

PS. Instagram provides a lovely Suggested Users List with an ever updated rotation of  favorites.