On ‘selfies’

This self-portrait is an homage to the early 'selfie' using the technique of a mirror reflection. The most recent technology allows mobile devices users to shoot themselves while previewing the image to be taken. No more visible cameras and immediate sharing capabilities!

This self-portrait is an homage to the early ‘selfie’ using the technique of a mirror reflection. The most recent technology allows mobile devices users to shoot themselves while previewing the image to be taken. No more visible cameras and immediate sharing capabilities!

‘Selfie’ – the contraction for self-portrait – was declared word of the year 2013 by to Oxford Dictionaries. But apparently people take the term selfie as just a photo of themselves, not necessarily taken by themselves. I’ve also seen the term used for photos where the ‘selfie‘ is accompanied by other people. Do group photos count as ‘selfies‘?

Looks like it’s enough for a selfie to count as one if you can ‘picture’ yourself in the photo taken.

Interesting how photomaton photos weren’t really considered as self-portraits though technically the subject was the one operating the machine. No one said in a form – attach (self)portrait.

Even weirder is the use of the term unselfie – logically, what is not a selfie will count as a unselfie. It is almost like a zen koan:

What is left from a selfie once you remove yourself from the picture?

Removing "your self" from the picture - what is left?

Removing “your self” from the picture – what is left?

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