Selfie in the Abstract
Undoubtedly you already know that Oxford Dictionaries’ crowned “selfie” as the word of the year for 2013.
Well, apparently I’ve missed this bandwagon.
I am definitely intrigued by self-portraits. I greatly admire the creativity and emotional vulnerability that is the hallmark of a great selfie.
But I can’t seem to turn the lens upon myself.
Oh, I’ve tried. There is the fear of revealing myself – wrinkles and dark circles and imperfections – for all the world to see.
But I am also stymied by the technical and creative challenges – it just seems like so much WORK. The tripod, the cable release, lighting. Concept, focus and composition.
It appears I like the IDEA of selfies – the abstract concept – much more than I do the actual execution.
But in the spirit of “embracing”, I’m keeping an open mind. Perhaps I will reveal myself in this space – in both words and images.
The above isn’t much of a revelation – but that’s me, reflected in the salt-splashed window of a nightclub, covered with a curtain of shiny metal shards.
An abstract selfie. A place to begin.