How To Disappear Completely. 8

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Il y a 19 ans de ça sortait l’album Kid A de Radiohead. Un des titres qui m’avaient marqué à l’époque était How To Disappear Completely. Il y a quelques mois de ça, j’effaçais mon compte Facebook, lassé de ce support qui véhicule plus de conneries qu’autre chose. Depuis je ne postais que sur Instagram. Là aussi une certaine lassitude s’est installée et je peinais à trouver une raison valable de poster des photos sur cette plateforme. Ces derniers temps, je me suis mis à poster frénétiquement. Un peu une fuite en avant mais le plaisir n’y était plus.



J’avais l’intention de faire table rase de mon compte en effaçant toutes les photos. Pourquoi ce geste fou diront certains ? Je ne me reconnaissais plus dans les photos que j’avais partagé jusqu’à présent. Je n’en ai pas honte, mais ça ne correspond pas à ce que je fais en ce moment. J’ai commencé à les effacer une à une mais au bout d’un moment l’application ne me permettait plus de les effacer. Ça m’a un peu gonflé et sur un coup de tête j’ai effacé mon compte Instagram ! Ce n’est pas juste un coup de sang. Ça fait un moment que ça me trottait dans la tête.



Je me lasse vite de toutes ces plateformes de partage. J’ai successivement quitté 500px, World-Street.Photography, Facebook et maintenant Instagram. C’est un peu con car au final je n’ai plus d’endroit où partager mes photos. Ah si il me reste mon Blog. Vous serez les heureux happy few à profiter (ou subir au choix …) de mes photos ! Je pense néanmoins que je reviendrai un jour sur Instagram. Pas dans l’immédiat. J’ai beaucoup à faire avec le déménagement.



Ça me manquera un peu de voir le travail des autres, mais pour certains, je fréquente leurs Blogs et donc je verrai leurs photos. Comme du temps où je m’imposais des pauses “Réseaux Sociaux”, je pense que cette période sera bénéfique pour mon travail. Je vais sûrement recommencer à faire des T.M.E dans les rues d’Aix-en-Provence. Fini la distraction Instagram. J’avais regardé par curiosité le temps moyen passé sur l’application dans les options et j’étais effaré par le nombre de minutes que m’affichait l’application ! C’était du genre 50 mins/jour ! C’est tout juste énorme et pourtant je n’avais pas l’impression de passer autant de temps sur l’application. Ces plateformes sont chronophages. Je peste contre les gamins car ils passent trop de temps devant les écrans (télévision, tablette, console de jeux …), mais je fais pire que eux.



Alors que j’écris cet article, j’ai reçu un message de Michael Ernest Sweet qui s’interrogeait sur mon absence sur Instagram. C’est assez rigolo car je pense que la majorité des personnes qui me suivent ne réaliseront même pas que je ne suis plus sur Instagram. Je ne dis pas ça avec amertume. Je suis juste réaliste. J’avais pas loin de 600 followers sur Instagram. C’est beaucoup pour quelqu’un comme moi  mais en y regardant de plus près, très peu de ces followers regardaient mes photos. À se demander pourquoi ces personnes ont décidé de me suivre … Le mystère des réseaux sociaux … De mon côté, je ne suivais qu’un peu plus de 60 personnes . Mais je regardais et appréciais réellement leur travail ! Je n’étais pas un follower de complaisance . C’est une des raisons pour laquelle ce reset me fera du bien. Se refaire une virginité en se débarrassant de ces followers fantômes embarrassants .



Ce message de Michael m’a vraiment fait plaisir car ça me montre que mon travail est vraiment apprécié par certaines personnes. Je n’en doute pas mais venant d’un photographe que vous appréciez tout particulièrement ça fait un bien fou !



Toutes les photos ont été réalisées avec le Ricoh RD IV.









Nineteen years ago was released the Kid A album of Radiohead. One of the titles that marked me at the time was How To Disappear Completely. A few months ago, I erased my Facebook account, tired of this platform that conveys more bullshit than anything else. Since then, I only posted on Instagram. There too, a certain weariness settled and I was struggling to find a valid reason to post photos on this platform. In recent times, I started frantically posting. A bit of a flight ahead but the pleasure was gone.



I intended to make a clean sweep of my account by erasing all the photos. Why this act of crazyness will some people say ? I did not recognize myself in the photos I had shared so far. I’m not ashamed of them, but it does not correspond to what I’m doing right now. I started erasing them one by one but after a while the application no longer allowed me to erase them. It was a bit swollen and on a whim I erased my Instagram account !. It’s been a while since I was thinking of doing that.



I get tired of all these sharing platforms. I have successively left 500px, World-Street.Photography, Facebook and now Instagram. It’s a bit confusing because in the end I have no place to share my photos. Oh, yeah I still have my blog left. You will be the happy few to enjoy (or undergo …) my photos ! I still think I’ll be back on Instagram someday. Not in the immediate future. I have a lot to do with our next move.



I will miss a bit of seeing the work of others, but for some, I frequent their Blogs and so I will see their photos. As of the time when I imposed Social Media breaks, I think this period will be beneficial for my work. I will surely start doing T.M.E in the streets of Aix-en-Provence. No more Instagram distraction. I looked out of curiosity at the average time spent on the app in the options and I was amazed by the number of minutes that the application was showing me ! It was like 50 mins/day ! It’s just huge and yet I did not feel like spending so much time on the app. These platforms are time consuming. I pester against the kids because they spend too much time in front of the screens (TV, tablet, game console …), but I do worse than them.



As I write this article, I received a message from Michael Ernest Sweet who was wondering about my absence on Instagram. It’s pretty funny because I think the majority of people who follow me will not even realize I’m no longer on Instagram. I do not say that with bitterness. I am just realistic. I had about 600 followers on Instagram. It’s a lot for someone like me but on closer inspection, very few of these followers looked at my photos. To wonder why these people decided to follow me … The mystery of social networks … For my part, I followed a little more than 60 people. But I really watched and appreciated their work ! I was not a follower of complacency. This is one of the reasons why this reset will do me good. Restore virginity by getting rid of these embarrassing ghost followers.



This message from Michael really pleased me because it shows me that my work is really appreciated by some people. I do not doubt but coming from a photographer that you particularly appreciate it’s fucking good !



All the photographs were made with the Ricoh GRD IV.


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8 thoughts on “How To Disappear Completely.

  • Jan Jespersen

    I agree Jeff, and have, and have had the same thoughts.

    I still use Facebook, but not much for uploading images. More as a social media, since I am member of many different groups. Music, photo and private friends groups. But for photos – Facebook is not worth it…

    Instagram is a joke to me. Its not made for photographers and especially not for showing photographs. Small images. A constant moving timeline, where the actual image does not stand for itself for more than a second. It is fake. The algorithms are so strange and annoying. So many people start to follow you , and one day later you are unfollowed.

    Flickr I like more. But here it is only for photographers. The group idea has killed itself with to many and dead groups. The number of viewers on the actual image has been decreasing very rapidly the last couple of years. 500px – well its a scam if you ask me.

    I also have a blog, but I am not good at writing and not good in updating. So I am considering if I should leave it all. And only do paper prints, and a few photos a months on my personal homepage. But right now I feel photography is kind of meaningless in this world of millions of photos uploaded every minute in and endless timeline…. It is kind of waste of time and life… So for me it is about the process rather than the product. It is the time I use on walking around the streets or going to a concert with my camera, and observing. Beside photos on the memory card, it creates images in my head. Maybe that is all we need?

    • Jeff Chane-Mouye Post author

      Tiredness made me want to take a break. What I used to do frequently until now. Why deleting my insta account ? Just to prevent me from going to check from time to time what’s going on. So now that I quit all these sharing platforms what the next move ? I only have my Blog to showcase my photos. Very little followers so anonymity will be my daily routine as before. I know that on a regular basis some new people come to my Blog because I talk a lot about the Ricoh GRD IV. I’m pleased that people discover my work made with this camera.
      For a while, I wanted to take a few steps back. This decision was not complicated to take. I know that I’ll come back soon or later. The later the better … I have a very difficult relationship towards Social Media. Some people say that I take all of this too seriously and if I take it more lightly I wouldn’t have to rack my brain. Well might be true

  • John Harper

    Agree entirely with you Jeff. Also with Jan’s comment and thoughts below. I wrote a while ago about “Follow Unfollow Syndrome” after I’d joined Instagram, it really is a joke. Even Leica UK followed unfollowed me! Flikr I have no experience with. In the end they’re all similar and meaningless. I already told you about Juan who calls himself “The Sisyphus Myth” on Instagram, which pretty much sums up the whole of Social Media.

    Anyway, your decision and I strongly suspect it’s the correct one. I didn’t notice because I’d already unfollowed you three times 😉
    As a side note the gestures are perfect in the shot of the woman and the guy in the apron or as they say on Social Media…”great shot”…”keep up the good work”… “check out my work if you like I follow back”… “you’re No 1”… “I love your photos my dear friend”….!

    • Jeff Chane-Mouye Post author

      We all know that all this giant circus is a massive scam but like fireflies, we are attracted by light. I’m no different. My decision to delete my account was made on a momentary impulse, but I already had the idea of stepping back. I’m not tgelling to everyone to do the same. Just do what makes sense to you. For me, I needed that break. I know that I will come back soon or later because the will to show one’s work is strong but I guess that it’s a good time to start anew as some massive changes are going to happen in my life this year.
      Street Photography is frustrating. Not only because it takes a lot of shots to get a decent photo but also because for most of us we are lost in the crowd. And you know as me that even if your photographs are damn good, it’s not enough … Quality is not rewarded. what counts is the to know the right people. I don’t do that to be glorify or to be in the light but when you see average photos praised and you know that it’s shit, I feel bad and call me jealous if you want, but it makes me want to flee from all of this. I don’t want to be part of this.

      • John Harper

        It’s always been a personality contest on whatever photography platform you choose and “Groups” within those platforms even more so. Too much “nice shot my friend” and not nearly enough quality photography. There is some wonderful work out there, though it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. When we meet I’ll try to remember to show you some examples of absolute crap photos that demonstrate sycophant culture…no, they’re not mine!

        • Jeff Chane-Mouye Post author

          It’s a me-me-me world. You can be aware of that and still play the game. Just sharing your photos and don’t care about all of this. Personally I can’t or more precisely, sometimes I can’t stand anymore that. Stepping back is the best remedy for me. Before I come back and start ranting again… Before leaving again… Its my version of sisyphus myth… 😁

  • Christophe Mousset

    What a fucking news 😜, mon compagnon de torture de la marque ricoh disparu. Je ne voyais plus de photos sur mon fil et il est vrai que ça m à pris un moment pour comprendre après qqs recherches que tu t es désintègré. Bon au moins b au de la lecture à rattraper 😊

    • Jeff Chane-Mouye Post author

      Ah ah. Yes j’ai disparu des radars. Je reviendrai plus tard. J’ai beaucoup de choses à faire et j’avais besoin d’un vrai break. Pour tout dire, je pensais que ce serait plus compliqué à gérer et le manque serait important. Mais au final, Instagram ne me manque même pas. Me seul truc c’est que moins de monde est au courant que je publie un blog. Mais c’est pas grave je m’en accommode.