The value of photo dumps
Raihan discusses the true value of doing a social media "photo dump" every once in a while to relive old memories and be relatable.
Photo dump – a posted collection of photos that are unfiltered, unrelated, usually unappealing, and often not considered “instagrammable.”
While everything that’s up on social media is expected to look aesthetic and neatly themed all the time, I think it’s diverting and lovely to see some rawness and unfiltered pictures once in a while without being judged."
This current photo dump trend is comfortable. I mean, we all know that the content that people post on their social medias are bound and expected to be neatly and aesthetically altered. These pictures are expected to be correctly themed every time they are up on Instagram, or any social media platform for that matter.
While everything that’s up on social media is expected to look aesthetic and neatly themed all the time, I think it’s diverting and lovely to see some rawness and unfiltered pictures once in a while without being judged.
The photo dump trend allows people to let go of their prim and proper image once in a while by posting photos from their camera rolls that are totally out of context from their usual social media content. You get to see the other sides of family and friends.
Whenever I see people posting random pictures that are not usually what I see on their social media feeds, along with hashtag photo dump, it makes me feel cozy inside because a photo dump is a great way to store memories while being able to share them with others, who can perhaps relate in
some ways. Also, I believe that we are on our social media apps more often than we would be flipping through our hard-copy photo albums or external hard disks with hordes of old photos.
Having your pictures piled up on your social media (private or not), is one way to relive the memories each picture holds. You’re probably using the app every day, so you can just scroll down a bit, and you get to relive those memories. It is honestly a very convenient trend.
Let’s do photo dumps once in a while, because I promise that your future-self will thank you for doing it!