“Out with the old; in with the new.” This is the way that one of the best-known photographers on Instagram, Richard Koci Hernandez, chose to announce that he will delete all of his images from the photo-sharing social media platform on Dec. 6.
But though the move may surprise some, it has been brewing for some time in Hernandez, and ties in with his firm desire to start fresh.
“What I really wanted to do was a lot more dramatic,” he told TIME. “I wanted to delete the originals as well and move on. I was kind of standing on this photographic cliff and my wife and friends pulled me back from that cliff.”
Nourished by the idea that photography should have a finite lifespan, Hernandez says he felt dismayed that the Internet didn’t “really respect time in the way I think it should.”
“Of course, who am I…
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