No, I’m not talking about the pouty posing pictures using the front camera of your mobile phone. I mean a photo that you take by yourself with a digital camera. It really is an art, but why is it still necessary?
In China, I do a fair amount of travelling and taking photos when I’m in different places. When I’m travelling by myself, and want pictures of me in or at places, I sometimes ask locals or other travellers to take photos of me. But they don’t always come out as I wish they would. Chinese people have a tendency to think that getting your whole body in the frame is better than the scenery in the back ground. Or sometimes they’re not good at focussing. Here are some examples.
So instead of asking people to take pictures for me, I’ve been practising taking them by myself, by turning the camera around and pointing it at myself. This is better than a selfie stick, as my elbow can bend and I can point the camera so that my arm doesn’t get in the way.
I’ve been quite pleasantly surprised at how well my latest selfies have turned out. Of course, there’s always a few takes, but the final product really is quite impressive. Looking at them, I don’t think you can tell that they are selfies…or can you?