Saturday, November 22, 2014

Selfie

It was simply called self-portrait back then.  But because of the social media frenzy, the term selfie was born and became the common term for self-portrait. The word was so popular that it was even picked by Oxford English Dictionary as the "word of the year" in 2013.  

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Most photographers are guilty of taking a selfie. Lots of photographers took photos of themselves mostly in front of a mirror holding their gadgets.  This is because we don't normally ask our peers to take our photos during travels or photo activities. 

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I think the art of taking self-portrait is one of the oldest forms of photography.  If you search the web, you can see selfies of famous photographers. But those weren't shared right away. Instead, they were treasured and kept in places out of reach to public.   

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Self-portrait or selfies has a different definition in this generation. Some of you I think are already tired of selfies flooding your social media accounts. As per the Oxford English Dictionary
Selfie - a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media
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These words - smartphone, social media, share are the culprits of the said phenomenon. But we can't really blame social media about the sudden abuse of selfies. There's no escaping from it anymore, just like this post. Though I hope everyone will find time to make at least an interesting or creative selfie. Expect self-portraits taken with drones to be the next big thing. 

totomai

Click

click
the lens panics
breaks the mirrors
of generations

over a cup of coffee 
and cigarettes

click
a chorus of shutters
paints stories
 carelessly records 
the blues and grays 
 of this lifetime

click
a wicked sound
freezes time
permanently

in published and hard-bound
encyclopedias

/totomai


for Poetry Pantry 228

The above photos are collection of my self-portraits from 2004. How about you, care to share a selfie?

/totomai
2014/11/22


55 comments:

  1. Click, how can we compete with such outstanding photography? Click!

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  2. Great comment "oldegg".... Totoami your photographs are brilliant both literally in those you shared on the "Pantry" page and evocatively. Not going to share a selfie -but will also applaud your accompanying poem. Click.

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    1. Thanks Pearl. Glad you liked the photos :-)

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  3. You are quite right.. Selfportraits have existed a long time.. I think the sharing is what makes today different.. I liked your photos a lot.. With the right place we are always there.. And maybe the place with ourselves in is going to be the most important...

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    1. You are right Bjorn. Must be the sharing.... Thanks :-)

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  4. I was trying to figure out which I loved more: the take on selfies or "Click." I'm glad I don't have to choose, for I'm enchanted by both. The information on selfies--images and words--are timely for my mind. I've been writing a lot of me lately... no self-portraits, though the first part of your post might have changed that. And the second part, oh! that dance that is a fast step through living. I love it.

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    1. You should try Magaly. It's fun taking self-portraits :-)

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  5. the iphone makes it so easy to take a selfie
    artists it is true have done selfies (forever) - its practice.
    Thanks for sharing your home with us - wonderful pictures and stories to be told !!!

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  6. enjoyed each step of the evolution of becoming a "selfie"...great "Click" Totomai :)

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    1. You should try selfie too Sumana :-)

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  7. I guess portraying oneself is as old as art. I enjoyed your photos a lot. The last one reminds me of the American photographer Saul Leiter. Great poem too. "a chorus of shutters / paints stories" - they certainly do.

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    1. Will check Saul Leiter. Thanks Gabriella.

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  8. Totomai, again I am so very impressed with your photography. Wow! First of all, you really make me want to go out and take a series of selfies. Smiles. Yours are excellent. I hope you are pursuing the idea of having an exhibit of your photography somewhere.

    I really like your poem. Yes, we all go around and 'click' this or that, freezing time, freezing images. There definitely is a 'chorus of shutters' now, especially with the ease with which we can use smart phone cameras!

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    1. How I wish I can have a photo exhibit, Mary. An exhibit in my dreams would be fine though. Oh, you should have a series of selfies too.

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  9. A master of self-portraiture, Vincent Van Gogh would have loved the cell phone cameras and the selfies--not so sure about the social media. The ability to "CLICK" OTHERS anywhere and everywhere might frighten him more, being frozen, freezing. These are GREAT!

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    1. Thanks Susan. Vincent may have kept all his self-portraits :-)

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  10. Right now, Totomai, I am immersed in making photobooks for my kids for xmas.......so cool to see the transformation and evolution through the years of the various people........whenever I try to take a selfie I go away appalled...I refuse to believe what has happened to me, though the evidence is clear, LOL!

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    1. Good luck on the photobooks Sherry! Haha! You're lovely so don't be appalled

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  11. Well captured moments of photography.

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  12. Interesting post and you are entirely right Totomai... With Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

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    1. It's good to get creative sometimes Scott. Thanks!

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  13. I've taken two selfies in my life. Don't think they're worth sharing. But yours are wonderful. You're so creative. Enjoyed your poem too.

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    1. Haha. I shard them because most of the shots have cameras covering my face lol

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  14. i must say i enjoyed the photos you shared here. truly awesome!
    i liked the poem too. the first stanza reminds me of how my older generation do not like to have their photos taken. maybe it's just a chinese thing. :)

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    1. same here, my folks don't want ther photos taken too. thanks dsnake!

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    2. Great photos. Selfies...hmmm no !

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  15. Love your post today with all 'lens panics' and it's really 'freezes time' in our history. Thanks fo sharing your creative shoots and poem, Totomai !

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    1. Glad you liked both humbird! i sometimes talk to my camera. it's scary haha

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  16. The commentary, poem, and photos were all great. I don't find your selfies to be obnoxious at all. They are interesting and well done.

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  17. New technology has made selfless more prevalent, and more easily accessible , luv your photos, and poem, have a good week

    Thanks for sharing at my Sunday Lime

    Much love...

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    1. Yeah - the sharing of selfies sometime bored me haha.

      Thanks Gillena

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  18. I love photography - how it captures that second...that brief and fleeting moment. As for selfies...well, I hate myself in pictures and confess I haven't taken any. I'd much rather a photographer took a photo of themselves in front of something interesting than all the selfies people take while driving and such...

    Loved your photos! Unique and captivating.

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    1. Thanks Talon, this post is actually for them :)

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  19. Very creative self portraits (or selfie's). Your're talented with both camera and words.

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  20. CLICK! That last photo in front of the mirror CLICK! So creative and so innovative. CLICK! So original and so magical. CLICK! And the poem is just as those! CLICK!

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  21. I would share, although I've had a digital camera for about six years, I've never taken a selfie. Guess that makes me a lot out of step, or just plain old. I do love what you did with your photos, as well as what you have done with your words. Both are amazing.

    Elizabeth
    PS I do a lot of playing around with photos...would you mind if I played with one or two of yours? You can find some of my work on FB....Elizabeth Crawford Katch

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    1. Hi Elizabeth - feel free to use of my images :-)

      Guess it's about time to take selfies then

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  22. Awesome clicks and a wonderful poem!

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  23. i always love your posts!

    i so enjoyed your take on the 'selfie' as well as the poem, which is so original and honest.

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    1. Your words inspire me more Stacy. Not to take more selfie of course lol

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  24. I actually love to see self portraits of photographers before the age of selfies....I agree your photos are fabulous and work perfectly with your wonderful prose

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    1. Thanks Donna. There's a link above and you can see self-portraits of famous photographers before :)

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  25. Loved the poem and the pics are wonderful :-)

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  26. I loved viewing your selfies again, Totomai. You have really developed this technique as an art form. I think you should somewhere teach a class on 'the art of selfies.'

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