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Why “selfies” ARE NOT self portraits

On the most basic level…

one can generically define a self portrait as am image create of one’s self, most likely through photography, painting or drawing. But that definition would be a little simplistic and this ultimately wrong.

One of the newest trends in our ever more digital world is the taking of selfies. And in case you’ve been living under a rock, those as quick, self-shot snaps with the camera operator as the subject. And while these can be cute, fun, sexy or whatever else, I believe there is a big gap between these images and actual self portraits. Here are a few reason why:

Self Portraits:

The photographer usually uses an SLR or a bridge camera as opposed to a compact one.

Selfies:

Are most commonly shot on cell phones or sometimes with compact cameras that can fit in your pocket.

Self Portraits:

The artist uses a tripod or is otherwise separated from the camera while creating his or her picture.

Selfies:

The photographer holds the camera out in front of themselves and it’s often obvious they are doing so.

Self Portraits:

Are generally well planned and often require special tools and lighting.

Selfies:

Are usually sort of spontaneous and do not usually involve any special equipment.

Self Portraits:

Tend to emphasize the artistic.

Selfies:

Tend to be more about having fun.

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