Selfie Generation During The Holy Week

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Selfie Generation During The Holy Week

We wave good-bye to Semana Santa 2016 with the most emblematic image found during the Holy Week: The Selfie.

As every year, I always like to share with you my impressions about the bad and ugly of the Holy Week. That’s right folks, this year more than others, selfies are the most common seen vista during the processions and other activities during the Holy Week. Everyone is looking for the perfect backdrop to complement their face. Almost everyone was in the selfie van wagon, starting from photographers, continuing with cucuruchos [cone heads] carrying the heavy floats to the people coming to be part of the most important celebrations of the year in Antigua Guatemala. Sometimes cucuruchos took selfies while carrying the processional floats. At one point I became disgusted with entire families and tables taking selfies during dinner at the San Martín Bakery/Restaurant; it seemed with were surrounded by selfie zombies.

If you ask me, there’s some thing definitely wrong with our generation. At what point we made the wrong turn and became self-centred and obsessed narcissists? Perhaps I am exaggerating or not; I would really like to hear thoughts regarding this pathology.

© 2016, Rudy Giron. All rights reserved.

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  • El Canche

    Perhaps it’s an evolution….we used to take pictures of places and events without people. Then we started to sneak relatives and loved ones into the foreground. Now the foreground of our own faces dominates the background, which is merely complimentary; it says I was here, with the emphasis on the “I”. You can easily determine our priorities by our actions. Sadly Rudy, I agree with you 100%.

  • Jeannine

    …and nothing looks more ridiculous than those selfie sticks up in the air. Call me old fashioned, I like to take photos of other people (especially here in Guate where everyone is so beautiful and always smiling ) and places rather than myself, I have plenty enough of me in the morning when I look in the mirror ? lol ! And cell phones are just as bad… How often do you see people using their phones in restaurants and cafes instead of talking to each other ?