Oxford Dictionaries declared “selfie” as the International Word of the Year 2013, emerging ahead of other shortlisted words such as:
Twerk – all credit to Miley Cyrus for bringing it to the forefront of public consciousness
Showrooming – argh, verbification
Schmeat – synthetic / in-vitro meat. Seriously
Olinguito – a furry mammal, recently discovered in south America, that resembles a teddy bear and a cat
Anyhow, when I first saw this topic, I thought that this would be an easy one. After all, I’ve plenty of selfies taken in the past year ever since I started using Whatsapp more frequently to keep in touch with family and friends.
By the way: Whatsapp is one of the best mobile phone apps I’ve ever used. I love that it enables me to keep in touch with my loved ones back home, have group discussions with friends on what to bring for a barbecue or plan for a good friend’s wedding, etc.
But of course, this didn’t turn out to be as quick a blog post as I imagined as my curiosity got the better of me as I ended up learning about man-made meat, watching Miley Cyrus shake her booty and reading about annoying corporate jargon like ‘ideation’ and ‘scalable’!
Anyhow, back to the topic at hand – selfie…
When it comes to taking self-portraits, I’ve always favoured unusual or different perspectives (versus just looking into the mirror or the phone). I also like incorporating some movement and the surrounding environment into my selfies when possible. Rather than taking a photo that records what I look like, I find it much more interesting to create an image that reflects the mood or the situation that I’m in.
Here are some of my favourite selfies taken in the past year. I know, I know, the challenge calls for bloggers to post one selfie. But rules are meant to be broken, no?
Inspired by my Facing Windows: Voyeurism or Art? post
At The Gritti Palace in Venice, taken with my Fuji x100
Inspired by Antoine d’Agata (sort of)
Bothered and Bewildered
Walking through my favourite park in Brussels in autumn/winter
Homebound with laundry
The one that my friend commented that it looks ‘porny’?!?!
P.S. Most of these images were taken with my Blackberry 9900 which takes terrible photos, especially in low light.