Sunday, May 1, 2016

Selfies, to be or not to be

I believe the only "requirements" a photo must fulfill in order to be considered a selfie are that the photo was taken by someone of themselves. Other than that, I think that the world of selfies is open to whatever people have to offer. Personally, I believe selfies are spontaneous. Sure, some people may get all dressed up, do their makeup well, and go to a certain place to take a selfie, but for the most part, especially due to apps such as Snapchat, selfies are rather spontaneous. How you take a selfie, just like any other picture, depends on what you are going to do with it. For example, Snapchat, as previously mentioned, is an app that encourages the sending of photos, commonly selfies, that are only available for 1-10 seconds. Since they permanently go away after that amount of time, people do not put a lot of effort in to taking them. Some selfies, though, are meant to be as well thought out as any "normal" picture would be, just at the convenience of only requiring one person. For example, if you are traveling alone, you make take a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower rather than having someone take a picture of you in front of it.

I personally think that selfies are most definitely an art form. Photography is considered an art form, and selfies are a kind of photography, so why would they not be considered so as well? Even though selfies are often taken very quickly, the photographer is still subconsciously considering composition when they take the image. You are placing yourself in a certain part of the frame. You are choosing the angle you hold your phone/camera at. You are choosing to look directly at the camera or look away. No matter how quickly you snap the photo, composition is in the back of your mine, and due to that and the fact that you are the one who pressed the button, you created that image, just as any other photographer creates their images. So why should our selfies be held so much lower than "real photography" when hardly anything sets them apart other than the device they are usually taken on?

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