Beyond The Selfie

First off, let me start by saying I have nothing against selfie sticks, nor do I have anything against the people who use them. I just feel they have a specific time/place and purpose. That, and they are not my thing...ok who am I kidding? I hate them. But to those of you that use them. Keep on doing what you do...

Anyways, I hate having my photo taken. Maybe that's because I know there are so many ways a photo can go terribly wrong. But I am and always have been so inspired by artists that can knock out a killer self portrait. I dabbled in this for a while but it became so time consuming and cumbersome having to set up a tripod, remote shutter and then deal with the whole "how to you get yourself in focus?" issue so I gave up for a while. And then I read this article about iphoneography and self portraits by Jennifer Tonetti Spellman, and I thought "ok maybe I could do this." And guess what? I could! And so can you! For those of you who haven't tried I really urge you to give it a whirl. All you need is your iphone, something to prop it up with (I've used many things, books, mugs, a fork even) and a good camera app that allows you to select the point of focus and set a timer (I really like the camera+ app for a few reasons) and the bravery to abandon your phone for up to 30 seconds and look like you are totally relaxed and not thinking its going to get stolen/fall off the ledge/come to its demise. I'm not going to say it's easy and it sure as heck takes a number of takes to get it right but when you do get it right, you really really get it. My trip to Europe last summer was my first dabble in combining iphoenography with the art of self portraiture. Have a look at the images and if you want to have a go at this I really encourage you read the article "Love Thyself" by Jennifer Tonetti Spellman.