In my multiple and oft-overlapping roles as software inventor, industry disruptor, author, publisher, editor, book designer, and songwriter, I attend a diverse array of industry events all of whom have hired professional photographers who have taken classes and have certificates to prove it.
And yet to this day I fail to understand how it is all (except one: Thank you, Patrick) of these professional event photographers manage to take so many pictures of me while capturing every bad angle in the worst lighting available to them. Further, they insist upon super-duper closeups even after I say “trust me on this, it won’t work” and they say “oh yes it will, my camera is awesome” and the pictures are downloaded and there it is…
How is it I can look awesome in an unretouched photo I took myself —
and four hours later the guy with the fancy camera loaded with geegaws and geewhizzes makes me look like a pasty-faced, no-shape blob sporting frizzy hair and getting ready to pull a gun and start shooting?
I am not the only person with this problem, and thus it explains the rapid rise of the selfie.
Some say selfies are an exercise in vanity. Some say they are an addiction. A sure sign of the narcissistic nature destined to doom mankind.
I say that’s a load of politically correct nonsense. Before you whine, let me tell you this: I’m a very talented amateur photographer who just grabbed up a camera and started shooting, learning on the job so to speak. Then one day somebody wanted me to shoot an event for them. I did. They were blown away with how awesome they, their guests, and their event looked. So, I know what I’m talking about.
I’ll tell you what the selfie is. It’s the taking back control of your own humanity. It’s the limiting access to your badly rendered image that is ruining your reputation.
In absolute point of fact, the selfie is the reason The Donald has taken America by storm.
You see, America was ready for the Trumpster because they understand the concepts he’s talking about: Taking back control of your life from those who have been ill-treating you.