The day before yesterday I wrote about inappropriate selfies – self-shot photographs in strange places which some consider to be disrespectful – and that brought with it the thought, for me at least, of who on earth takes all these self-shots? I mean, is it just young women with duckface-lips, or bare-chested men in front of the mirror? Is it semi-nude teenagers posing before a dirty bathroom mirror, or macho posers with over-sized Apple monitors rather than a smart phone?
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Obviously, if you check through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, amongst others, you’re going to find a wealth of such photographs: pretty young things looking up into the camera, held at arm’s length, and allowing the ‘unsuspecting’ viewer a good view down the top of their blouse. Not that this is done on purpose…
But if you look a little bit further, take your sample from a wider range of sources, you might be surprised at the results.
Selfies are all the rage for anyone who uses social media. Why? Because they are more personal than a photograph taken by someone else perhaps? Because they are an instant rendition of a person as they are right at that very moment? The posing is completely different, obviously limited by the length of their arms amongst other things, not posed as a professional photographer might wish, not set up as a happy-snap on holiday.
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They are the new form of portraiture, and absolutely anyone with a camera of any sort can play the game, can capture a moment in time and share it with anyone who happens to look on their social media page, who happens to want to know what a person is doing right at this very moment in time.
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They are expressions of people as they see themselves, caught in an odd moment, in an unusual place, perhaps, even at a time when you wouldn’t normally want or expect a photograph to be taken.
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The selfie knows no barriers, knows no age limits or styles. It is not limited to young women in their bathrooms, nor to macho men with their shirts hiked up to their chins and a six-pack proudly displayed.
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They show people often as they really are, regardless of their appearance, their emotions, their feelings. Selfies are the new expression of a person, of their character, even of their interests.
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Perhaps, in years to come, these self-portraits will be looked back on as a part of our social history, of our coming to terms with ourselves, of our view of society and the place each person has within their environment.
No matter who they may be.
Love & Kisses, Viki.