I hate selfies. I am prepared to hate those who routinely take selfies, though I am willing to hear you out - maybe there’s a justifiable reason to take a selfie from time to time. I’m an open minded dude.
But don’t get me started on selfie sticks. Those are unforgivable.
Yeah, I don’t get the whole selfie thing. If I’m taking a picture of something, I don’t want my fat head in the picture. I knew who my fellow Mehricans were before this, but this proves it. We’re all old.
Here’s the thing. 99.999% of the time, there’s no point taking a picture of a thing. If you want a picture of a thing, just look the thing up on Wikipedia, or whatever. One million people have taken a better picture of that thing than you ever will.
In this day and age, the only point of taking a picture at all is to make it personal.
Taking straight up pictures of things is an obsolete habit from a bygone era.
@apLundell@Fuzzalini I don’t want someone else’s picture of Stonehenge or the Eiffel Tower. I want my own picture, from where I was standing, on the day and moment I was there, with the people with whom I shared the experience. Photos are memories made manifest.
Taking pictures isn’t about the thing, it’s about remembering the time you were near that thing.
The important memory is that you were there.
So why not put the part you actually want to remember in the photo?
(This also applies to sharing photos online, or putting them in storage for grand-children to look at. Other people don’t need your photo of the Grand Canyon. You’re not that great of a photographer! They want to see a picture of their friend/grandparent AT the Grand Canyon.)
I used to believe the narrative that selfies were about narcissism, but now I realize it’s the opposite.
Past generations believed they were the next Ansel Adams, taking magnificent landscapes to be treasured forever. Now people understand that their photos are only valuable if they contain people.
I am not much of a picture-taker so the few pics I have from my 20s thru current are other people. I only have fading memories of it all so I kind of get the selfie thing. Not to prove I was there but to remind me of me at that moment of time. I don’t have any photos of me surfing, drunken roller skating through the streets of Tampa, ladies pool leagues, partying, partying, and partying…
But to be honest, when I did try to take one, I thought it was the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. Sigh.
@llangley Going through my grandparents’ old photographs, I wish selfies were common back then.
I really don’t need photos of all the things they took photos of, but I’d like a photo of them standing next to those things.