I have one principle, it turns out. I had to think about this, because I never thought of it as a principle as much as a goal, but now I see that it’s both: Make all of your decisions out of love, not out of fear. If that sounds hokey, I assure you it isn’t. It’s pretty primal and it’s also really real. It comes up every day. Decisions you have to make about doing what you know you should be doing—doing what is close to your heart—or, going the easy route and doing what is not scary.
The problem for me never was that Flickr was for “Proper” photos, but rather it never exchanged the immediacy of the moment with friends particularly well (see the Contacts Page passim). But for years it was the best damn thing and that’s where the conversations of “now” revolved. Instagram is just that though; Insta, in a way Flickr isn’t. But Flickr is “proper” in a way Instagram isn’t.