Long live photo dumps

Every so often your camera roll needs to take a dump. That sounds gross, I know. But it’s actually quite beautiful. 

When I was bored out of my mind in quarantine, mindlessly scrolling Instagram for hours a day, I found unexpected joy in photo dumps posted by friends and celebrities. 

What the heck is a photo dump? Glad you asked. My dear friend and Instagram expert, Harry Hill, defines a photo dump as “a series of five or more photos that are seemingly unrelated, plucked from an overabundant camera roll in an attempt to share multiple vibes at once.”

Photo dumps can include anything your heart desires. They allow you to post a selfie showing off your new haircut, a photo of a Chipwich you stress-ate over your laptop, a shot of your TV paused on a scene from Ted Lasso, the Louvre-worthy breakfast sandwich you ate two weeks ago, and a screenshot of a meme all at once. You can use dumps to illustrate a single event — such as a party or get-together with friends — but you can also use them to sum up entire days, weeks, months, or years of your life. I did the latter by posting a 2020 throwback photo dump to ring in the new year. It featured a post-cry Election Day selfie, my best quarantine meal, and a Cameo from Connie Britton. Read more…

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