I can remember as the popularity of Instagram grew trendy phrases like "selfie" and "no filter" came along. It was astonishing to me how this photography app. was growing to be such a huge platform for any and everyone. It was shocking that Instagram had caused some level of interest in photography by the average person. It brought attention to different aspects of photography from landscape to HDR images. I don't think we honestly realize how much it actually taught us and impacted our lives.
It is amazing to see this new interest in photography but disheartening that people don't see it as such. The best example is the woman who takes tons of selfies, has a following and does not believe that she is a model or influencer. You have taking self portraits, provided some quick glimpses into your life and unintentionally created an audience who likes it. You have done what some model/influencers do on either a smaller or larger scale. The traditional perception of what models and photographers are has evolved in large part due to technology. Embrace your influence and talents. See how far you can go. The same thing goes for the bloggers and photographers that don't see themselves as such. Even if you are just a hobbyist that people love, embrace it.
Aside from taking us down new creative directions we have learned some of the technical side as well. We have learned about how important color or lack thereof can be to a photo. We have learned how it brings a certain dramatic feel as well. People now pay more attention to composition and quality.
I think it is amazing what has transpired and I cannot wait to see how things continue to grow. I hope people use this opportunity to explore their talents instead limiting themselves. Embrace what you are and be great.