1 May 2013

The Selfie

Digital photography and camera phones really are fantastic, aren't they?

No more snapping away in the dark, hoping for the best that you don't have your thumb over the lens. No more waiting for Truprint to process your roll of film, only to find half the photos have stickers on telling you that you have camera shake. The stickers were unnecessary, frankly. I could see with my own inexpert eyes just how poor my photos were. Dark, disappointing, fuzzy images and half-closed eyes are, fortunately, a thing of the past.

Now we can take as many photographs as we like and select the best images, publishing them instantly onto social media. You don't need anyone to take your picture, you can do it yourself.

And so, the selfie was born.



Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, you can record it and share it with the world.

At the hairdressers? You must Instagram your hair in the mirror before, during and after your cut and colour.

Unwell? You need to show us exactly how rough you look, so we can respond with the appropriate level of sympathy.

Met a celebrity? Take an arm's length selfie or we simply won't believe it happened.

All dolled up and about to go out? You must share how amazing you look - especially if it's a rare night out.

Met a friend for drinks? Show us how much fun you're having. Raise that glass.

On holiday? You must share your just got out of the pool look.

Home alone and bored? Take seventy seven photos of yourself pulling faces. You never know, one of them may be good enough to be your new avatar.

Please tell me that last one isn't just me.

You could pretend someone else took the photograph and caught you looking naturally glamorous or hilarious, but we know it was you.

How many selfies do you take? Or, to put it another way, exactly how much of a narcissist are you?

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This is my entry into The Photo Gallery: Week 140. The Gallery has been going for 140 weeks - how did that happen? The theme this week is self-portrait.


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52 comments:

  1. this is sooooooo true! i dont actually take many selfies of myself - if i do it is for my fb or twitter avatars. what a wonderful collection of selfies you have captured of yourself x

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    1. @Jennie, I am quite ashamed to say that I had loads to choose from for this post x

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  2. I rarely take pictures of myself, I should do it more. You look amazing what a great collection. X

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    1. @Susan, thank you. It's fun and sometimes you get a good shot :) x

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  3. Brilliant - love all the faces you are pulling!!

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  4. Excellent collection of photos :)

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  5. I love this post, i have never taken pics of myself then added things like wigs and glasses .. i think i need to play! x

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    1. @Jaime, there's no photo-shopping here. I really was wearing the wigs and glasses! x

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  6. Brilliant collection of selfies! I should do this more often as I'm rarely in any of our photos x

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    1. @Mama Syder, thanks, I had more on my phone than I thought. I need to take more photos of myself with my family x

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  7. I think I must be the only person I know who doesn't do selfies. Why would I want to inflict them on the world? Nooooo...

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    1. @Jean, aw, go on, take one for meeeee!

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  8. Thats a brilliant collection you have there!! I don't think I do selfies either - I need to go through my phone! :)

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    1. @Tas, I'm only just realising how many selfies I take! :)

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  9. As you can see, I actually took a picture of my own foot, so I'm sharing your love of the idea that we can capture the 'moment' anytime, anywhere!

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    1. @saveeverystep, it's all about capturing the moments, and I love the way your photos tell a story.

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  10. Lol you take a lot of selfies! I of course never take them *ahem*

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    1. @Carol, these were just the tip of the iceberg *ahem* indeed ;)

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  11. Great photos Sandy! I only take one every few months to update my social media avatars.I never think of just taking photos of myself just as much as I do the kids.

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    1. @Aly, I hadn't realised quite how many selfies I take. I take many more of the children though, if that's any consolation!.

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  12. Excellent collage...I don LOVE selfies

    Mollyxxx

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  13. I don't take many selfies LOL These are all fab though. Great collection!

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    1. @Laura, you know, I'm beginning to suspect it's just me that does this...

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  14. Haha, I hardly ever took selfies before because I hated how I looked but think if I'm not careful it may become a habit ;)) xx

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    1. @Emily, it's a habit you must adopt. If only so I'm not the only person doing it ;) x

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  15. Haha, you do have turned the selfies into an art form, bravo! I love the tiger one!!

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    1. @Mother Goutte, why thank you :)

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  16. Lovely collection of pics ;)

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  17. I take loads, guilty, guilty, guilty! My name's Gailann and I'm a Selfie-holic!

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    1. @Gailann, phew, thank you for admitting to being a selfie-holic. I was beginning to wonder whether it was just me.

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  18. I can't do selfies!!!!! I have tried, but I just regret it- it just annoys me that I don't look as good as I feel, so I just try to avoid my reflections! But not in a depressing way. Just in a my image is a downer on this party kind of way:-)
    Right on though! I love your and your collage!

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    1. @Katie, I'm guessing that's not what everyone else thinks when they see your image. Regardless, I loved your take on the theme.

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  19. I love your collection of fab photos! I don't EVER do selfies, in fact I have entire holiday albums and I'm not in one single shot! Maybe I should take a leaf out of your book :-D

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    1. @Lous Lake Views, thank you very much. I find that the more selfies I take the more chance there is that I'll find one I like ;)

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  20. You can tell a lot about people by their photos and I now can see that you are 50% barking mad ;) Fun! I meant fun !

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    1. Pots and kettles, 'Saurus, pots and kettles ;)

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  21. I've never really done selfies but this is inspired! I'm going to start now! Brilliant collection!

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    1. @fadedseasidemama, it's fun, you must try it :)

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  22. I haven't mastered the selfie, I never look exactly how I want - other people seem to capture me at my best.

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    1. @Erica, ooh, that's interesting. I think the control freak in me prefers the selfie.

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  23. So many of those scenarios above I have done.

    Hell, ALL of those scenarios.

    Great set of pics too!

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    1. @Mummy Barrow, yay, a fellow gurner ;)

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  24. Brilliant post, you've got me chuckling away into my lemsip as I just did the "rough as a badger's bum - I'm ill OK?!" selfie on instagram last night... You got me!

    Brilliant post.

    You're so adorable in all of these pics, I just wanna give you a hug! :)

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    1. @Mummy Never Sleeps, aw, thank you very much :) As I tell my boys, hugs are always available. One day...

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  25. Fantastic shots & brilliant post x

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    1. @Mama Owl, thank you very much :) x

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  26. Brilliant post! I love all of your selfies but the idea of you taking funny face shots to amuse yourself has me in stitches!
    I'm home alone tonight so watch out instagram!

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    1. @Alison, thank you. I'll be watching...

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