Street Portrait of a Selfie in Antigua Guatemala

Rudy Giron: &emdash; Selfies in Antigua Guatemala

This is a street portrait of selfie, a kind of self-portrait being taken at the main square of Antigua Guatemala.

Selfies are all the rage right now, especially after a very popular super selfie taken at the Oscar’s award ceremony. Selfies are a kind of self-portrait. According to Wikipedia, The first known selfie, was taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839.

A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often associated with social networking. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus. Selfies taken that involve multiple people are known as “group selfies” or “ussies”. In August 2013 the Guardian produced a film series titled Thinkfluencer[1] exploring selfie exposure in the UK. (source: Wikipedia)

How do you feel about the word selfie?

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  • El Canche

    I think the key is in the word “selfie”….its popularity reflects modern societies preoccupation with self, immortalization on their own terms and the centre of importance being self. Now, some might say I’m just taking that stance because I’m a bit older and don’t come out in photographs as well as I used to (and they may be right)….but I still think we are here to look outwards and find beauty and things to celebrate outside ourselves. As you demonstrate daily, Rudy, there is so much scope!

    • Thank you Canche for always providing top-notch feedback.

  • NYChapin

    What a fun couple.
    One of my favorites selfies of all time is “self-portrait in a fur-collared robe” by Albrecht Durer, which I affectionately call “el colochon.” Sorry, too lazy to post link, but you can GIG ( Google it Gringo !)

    • Okay NYChapin, I will have to look it up. Thanks for the reference.