Selfies? Yes, please!

NaBloPoMo_PHOTODuring the month of May I’m doing the NaBloPoMo challenge–blogging every day of the month on the theme of photos.

Today’s prompt: Do you like taking selfies? Why or why not? Photo: You

I love taking selfies! The thing about selfies is, they’ve been around far longer than our modern camera phones. The world’s oldest known selfie dates back to 1839.

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He’s fashionable even today! Humans don’t change much, do we?

As long as cameras have existed, folks have been using them to take pictures of themselves:

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worlds-oldest-selfie

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And hey, back then they didn’t even need to put an Instagram filter on!

I don’t know why we’re obsessed with taking pictures of ourselves. Maybe it’s because cameras, even now, are still amazing things to us. They capture a moment and it lasts (almost) forever! Taking pictures of ourselves preserves memories of who we used to be and particular times in our lives. I think it’s silly to get mad about people putting selfies all over Facebook and Instagram–that’s what those platforms are for, after all.

Yes, I love selfies!

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A portrait of the author.

19 comments

  1. I think you’ve chosen awesome past pics for the post. I tried choosing a favorite between them, but I can’t.
    Photos ARE all about freezing a moment in time and be it selfie or group selfie, I think it’s important to take them. I have a huge box of old photos from when I was younger.
    My dad was always taking pictures of me, me and my mom, me and my siblings…a lot of those. Only a few of him and me. =o( It was just yesterday when I was looking for a specific photo for my post, that I realized I have TONS of photos with my king. Only a few where I’m actually in front of the camera.
    Obviously, THAT’s going to change. I’m also going to start taking more selfies. If I get to my 70s I want to say “look….I was a hottie back in the day.” LOLOLOL

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    1. Yes! Selfies are wonderful that way. Whether you take them just of yourself or with other people, it’s something to look back on and remember. I hope you get lots of pictures with your dad!

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Hi Megan,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar has kindly allowed me to take over the computer. This mean, instead of my making tongue-in-cheek comments on Farcebook about that alphabet challenge that never ends, I have, instead, looked at this post.

    Thanks for letting me know what a “selfie” is. I thought it was some form of self-gratification, if you know what I mean. Have a good weekend.

    Penny’s alleged human,

    Gary

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  3. Ironically, as a photographer, I hate taking selfies. I don’t think I look outstanding enough to feel the need to share with others, or myself. But if others want to, I have no problem at all.

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