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Interestingly enough, the selfie solves a problem that photographers have faced since the beginning - not being in the photo. There are a number of family events that you won't see me in because I'm behind the camera. It helps to be able to hand it off to my wife occasionally so at least there is some record of me existing . Same goes for vacations, too. Many times, the place is less important than the people and taking selfies is part of the memory. However, I wholeheartedly agree with the author that the pursuit of selfies is wildly out of control.
If someone did social media by printing it and putting it in an album, what impression would that photo album give you? You'd think they were a psychopath. Flipping page after page "This is my face, this is my face, this is my face, this is my face, this is my face..."
You have put into words things I wasn't even aware of in myself. I have the same response with selfies, I cringe. It's visceral.Selfies... ugh. I hate the view, I hate the look, I hate the pose. It's a view through the eyes of someone, but that someone who is constantly staring at themselves in a mirror. It sets off something visceral in me that makes me see the poser/photographer with distaste.
One of the most ingenious inventions that I absolutely hate is the selfie stick. Solves myriad problems a lot of people were having in a simple way. Absolutely the best sort of invention. God I despise them. But they handle the selfie problem way better than timers and tripods in the pre-phone days.
Years ago I saw a comedian talking about people's social media compared to the days of film cameras. He remembered growing up and meeting friends after they'd taken a trip. You'd look at someone's vacation album and there'd be a picture of the view, a picture of the car, a picture of some people you met, pictures of the family in front of tourist spots, etc. If someone did social media by printing it and putting it in an album, what impression would that photo album give you? You'd think they were a psychopath. Flipping page after page "This is my face, this is my face, this is my face, this is my face, this is my face..."
This girl bought from me a camera Lubitel 166B with a self-timer. Together with film Svema32 overdue for 30 years. This is a selfie, but I don't find it boring))) Two points seemed important to me in the article - the ability to see without a camera and the ability to direct the camera.I find selfies even more boring than the boring portraits.
Another phenomenon I associate with selfies is what I call the "selfie pose." People put on self-conscious proses and expressions that they have practiced for the camera making it difficult to get a natural shot of them.
There is a big difference between a selfie and putting the camera on self timing and moving a short distance away for a photograph.
For me, the big difference is the subject can see themselves and the pose/expression when taking a selfie. Unless the subject has practiced modeling in front of a mirror, or seen a lot of photos of themselves, they may be less conscious of how they look in front of the camera. That affects it dramatically IMO.Difference? Please describe what you think is so bigly different. To me it's about the same. Neither is any different from handing camera/phone to a stranger and asking them to "take my/our picture".
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