Taking Selfies & Photos of Ourselves
First off, let me put this out there. I would not classify myself as a narcissist or a person totally obsessed with herself. Of course, I love me, but I am not the type of person who needs or seeks attention from the entire world. You know, the vibe that comes from people who take far too many selfies – Kim K. comes to mind.
However, my husband and I have been snapping selfies way before the trend even existed, way before the word was selected to be Oxford’s English Dictionary ‘Word of the Year’ in 2013, before the ‘selfie-stick’ emerged on the market, and even before facebook and other forms of social media became a part of our daily lives.
Before continuing, I also should note that we don’t own a selfie stick and I have yet to take a selfie with my phone [or my husband’s phone for that matter.] While a lot of our photos together are selfies taken by using our hand and pointing the camera in our direction, the other photos of ourselves are taken with the aid of our trusty and sturdy tripod. By using a tripod, we can successfully frame the photo beforehand and we won’t end up with an image of two big heads with very little background. My husband is usually in charge of that and he will position me in the photo by telling me to move a little to the left or the right, or forwards or backwards. However, some situations don’t warrant for or allow the use of a tripod, so that’s when a convenient selfie comes into play to capture the moment.
Five Reasons Why We Take Selfies & Photos of Ourselves
We use to and to this day, still take selfies and photos of ourselves. Why? Well, because of these five reasons:
 People’s Perceptions of What Makes a Good Shot May Differ From Yours
In all honesty, sometimes it is easier to do things yourself because what you think is a great angle and great composure for a good picture may not coincide with what others think.
I remember the time my friend and I asked someone to take a picture of us in front of CKS Memorial Hall in Taipei. We ended up looking like two little ants in the photo. We showed the picture to our family and friends, who scoured and squinted until they finally located us. ‘Oh yes, there you are,’ they said – like it was some sort of game or mystery puzzle.
 You Don’t Want to be an Inconvenience to Others
I recall a time when this couple asked my husband to take a photo, and ten shots later, they finally approved and were satified. I don’t mind helping others, but if you are going to be that picky, hire a photographer or ask someone else. I don’t like being inconvenienced in that way, so I would never request or expect someone else to do the same for me.
 Sometimes There is Just No One Around to Help You
My husband and I have been in places high in the mountains and in other locations where there was no one around to help us. I guess we could have waited fifteen or twenty minutes, but it is much easier point the camera our way for a selfie or to set up the tripod, frame the picture, put the time in motion, count down the seconds, and Ta-Da – you got yourself a photo!
 Putting the Faith of Your Camera into Someone Else’s Hands is not Always a Good Idea
I always think back to the time in 2005, when we were waiting for a vendor to finish making our pad thai [a type of Thai noodle dish] on Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand. These two girls passed by, giggling at the fact that they finally arrived. They approached a couple [not us] to take their first ever picture in Thailand. The guy took the picture for them and as the camera exchanged hands again, it fell and crashed down onto the pavement.
The girls giggles turned to huffs and puffs. The guy said sorry, wiped his hands clean of responsibly, and went on about his day.
I think I would have been devastated if that had happened to my camera and completely crushed if it happened to my husband’s [as he has a way more expensive one.]
 Sometimes We Like to Have Fun in Front of the Camera
Yes, sometimes we want our fun and goofy side to shine through, and it is much easier to do it in front of a camera on timer mode or in our hands, rather than a stranger pointing the camera our way and judging us.
Now, over to you! What is your take on selfies? Do you like to take them or not?
**This post was inspired by Mabel Kwong’s article Why Asians, and Many of Us, Like Taking Photos**
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