I was trying to find something to take my mind of the present problems in the United States, and avoid the constant post-mortem of this party, that slogan, those actions, which are coursing through the Internet at the moment – the blame passing and so on – in favor of something a touch more inspiring. Many ideas ran through my mind, but I decided to take something simple but, at the same time, thought-provoking. Something which is of interest to millions. Something which happens each and every minute of the day without a second thought – mostly – being wasted.
The post title says it all, of course, so I hardly need string it out any further: selfies (again).
Photo Source: Steven Tsai – Creative Commons
After that it got more difficult. What can be said about selfies that hasn’t already been said, posted, written about, laughed over, ignored or thought of? Probably nothing, but I’m writing anyway. And I gained my inspiration from this first photograph by Steven Tsai because it has something many other selfies simply do not have: a point of interest. That is, a point of interest other than the main subject matter which would normally be the person, the self. His camera.
He’s clearly taken some time planning this, not just simply snapped quickly in a toilet or bedroom where there is a mirror, but thought, set up and then tested. I works. The two points of focus are good, it says something more than just a face can. It has a good arrangement, even if there are many professional photographers who would cut it down for this or that.
Photo Source: LaVladina – Creative Commons
And then there is Daniela Vladimirova, whose composition captures the classic – can you say that? – design of a selfie, but cuts out all the background distractions, concentrates on the person, and throws questions out about her. Especially when you look at her smile, and those eyes.
Photo Source: Andrés Nieto Porras – Creative Commons
And, of course, the bathroom shot with Andrés Nieto Porras, but with the wonderful difference. Not a dirty mirror where you can see anyone else who happens to be using the facilities, or the mess around a sink, but a real composition, drawing the eyes across to the tiny shaving or make-up mirror. Simple, but with harmony in its composition.
Good distractions from the problems in the world, if you wish to be distracted, and even if it is only for a few moments. And they bring a few ideas with them, how we should perhaps be looking to ourselves now, for the future. We are the ones who will be shaping it, no matter what happens. If we can understand ourselves and work on ourselves as easily as we can take our own photograph, then there is hope.
- Viktoria Michaelis.