“Friendship with ones self is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” Eleanor Roosevelt
I was thoroughly amused when I saw the weekly challenge prompt and then, on second thoughts, I wasn’t. Why? I take Selfies, but not much and I don’t take them with my cellphone. Some view Selfies as a form of Self-love, while others would say that the Selfie is the new, 21st century example of Narcissistic behavior. Is that true? How do you view it? Frankly, It has always struck me as sophomoric; the sort of thing our teenagers would do … but I know that’s not entirely true.
So, with no further ado, I’ll share a few. I have to confess that most of my Selfies were taken in Hotel bathrooms because they tend to have huge mirrors, decent lighting, and a few accoutrements like the shaving mirror in the first shot. By the way, as to the back-story of that first shot, it was taken in Seattle, at a boutique hotel across the street from the Seattle Art Museum, and within spitting distance of Pike Place Market. I was playing around with the camera and saw myself in multiples. In retrospect, I think it’s so funny that I’m looking so serious in a playful shot.
The second shot above was taken at a beautiful retreat. I like it because it shows just one eye. It saves something from the rest of the world; allowing the viewer to wonder. Also, I was relaxed, at peace, and wearing my high school sweatshirt… I’m tempted to say “Don’t ask, long story” but there’s no twisted story. A group of us on Facebook had the sweatshirt made from an old one and I love the soft cotton and light oatmeal color.
Another kind of Selfie I tend to take is of my teeth… What the heck? Well yeah! We all have our quirks. I like my teeth and, honestly, I’m beginning to see the connection between Selfies and Self-love. Selfies are about self-confidence; liking yourself enough to indulge – hence the teen connection. UPDATED: I added one more below. Done!
“Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.” Khalil Gibran
The first shot above was taken in yet another hotel bathroom; this time in Sun Valley, Idaho. I love those Alexander McQueen pants and that was what prompted me to take the shot. The second one is self explanatory and taken at home. Ditto that teeth shot… Pretty silly right? When I think of Selfies, I often think of them as miniature Human Installations. In a sense, they are our creation of a moment in our lives; Self captured in photographic – life size. So this takes me back to the notion that the Selfie is the new millennium form of Narcissism. What do you think?
Perhaps there is some truth to it. No? The endless preening and posing for our own cameras might be shocking to some of the older generation but who knows. Even our President took a group Selfie at Tata Mandela’s funeral… Playful? Yes. In good form? You decide. I have captured other Selfies/shots of myself but these would do for now. What comes to mind when you think of Selfies? When do you find yourself taking them? What Selfies do you often capture through your lens? Do let me know in a comment below.
Thank you EVERYONE!
This post was inspired by a prompt from Weekly Photo Challenge: SELFIE For this challenge, snap a selfie with your camera-phone or camera. Feel free to get creative and clever, and if you don’t want to share a photo of yourself, think of a way to approach this challenge in a different way. (Hint: silhouettes and shadows are your friends.)
For more, check out how others interpreted the theme – WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: SELFIE
Positive Motivation Tip: A SELFIE gives us a chance to look at ourselves in a playful manner … dropping the mask for a moment, we try to Relax and to Explore.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.