16 Photos From One Of The Best Instagram Photographer's Of 2016
Written by Ana Krneta
Social media is a lot of things. People yell from both sides about it’s growing role in our society. Social media has gone past just sharing your own personal stuff.
- Businesses use it to advertise and sell products.
- Media uses it to spread news.
- Activists use it to spread awareness and vital information.
The last way of using social media is what we will focus on today. Regardless of your feelings about social media, there is no doubt that it has done a lot of good. It provides people with their own gateway to spreading information.
As more and more people get online to document their lives and follow other ones, some people choose to use it as a way to inform and wake people up--like Radcliffe Roye who does just that. He is a photographer with a mission to expose the realities of life for Black communities in America through Instagram. Additionally, Roye exposes the lives of the vulnerable in America.
It is one thing to call yourself an activist and take pictures, but the quality and authenticity of your work is what will really define your position. Radcliffe Roye's work has earned him the distinction of ‘TIME’ Magazine's Instagram Photographer of the Year for 2016. The moment you go on his Instagram, @ruddyroye, in he makes his goals for his page and himself clear.
His Instagram description reads: ‘Humanist/Activist. Photographer with a conscience. Peeling the cornea off his eyeball to share on Instagram.'
When he sat down with ‘TIME’ Magazine to talk about his work, he was asked how he defines himself. He said: ‘Honestly? I define myself as a dad. I think being a dad has taught me how to be empathetic, compassionate. It has taught me a lot more about patience than anything else could have. It has taught me to see the world in dualities.’
These social skills, like patience and compassion, are all evident in his photography and probably what makes him perfect for capturing a photo that carries an important message.
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