The selfie has been an interesting topic for me in the past couple of years, where the phenomenon of the ‘selfie’ has taken the world of social media by storm. Gone are the days of asking a stranger on holiday to snap a quick photo of you and your friends on your Tesco disposable camera. As a world, we have upgraded. From mobile phone ring-lights, selfie sticks, filters and enhancers, the selfie has become an interesting element of photography. You can take the most professional portrait with your front-facing camera and have it edited to an industry standard within minutes.
While the whole thing sounds incredibly adventurous and positive, the selfie has a negative edge which makes people drift away from the activity, which I have always questioned.
Many believe the idea of taking a selfie is not only narcissistic, but attention seeking. With the introduction of snapchat in 2011/2012 (?) , the selfie has become a way of attracting attention, causing conversation and perhaps even painting a version of your own world which doesn’t exist. Simple things such as placing a fun filter of a dog onto your face can bring you negative judgements. For example, the filters on snapchat have been ridiculed for making an individual appear a ‘hoe’ or ‘slut’. It’s a fun filter, why do such words with an awful meaning relate to a fun, celebratory filter? To see a picture like this and relate it to such bad language, in my opinion, says something about the viewer of the image, and it’s not a positive statement.
As a regular selfie taker, I can ask myself, why do I participate in the activity which can give people such a negative opinion on me?
As a creative individual, I like to capture happiness. I think positivity and happiness is such a magical thing and deserves to be celebrated. When I like my makeup, think my hair looks better than usual, why not enjoy the moment of boosted self-esteem? I like to capture that very moment to share, not necessarily to share with followers, but for myself to reflect and look back on. I have touched on this in my post about mental health and positivity. A selfie posted online can be met with vast compliments, comments and also the odd troll-comment. This, is something that doesn’t particularly happen in real life. I think it’s been about twice I’ve been out and about and a stranger has complimented me on my lipstick or hair. Online, we have the capability to spread compliments and positivity without the embarrassment or nerves surrounded by approaching a stranger. It opens up a new door.
While there sadly, is the element of name-calling and harsh commenting relating to a selfie, I’m all for them. Why some feel the need to give them a negative edge I’ll never know. I’m all for the selfie.