"I did not know you could take a selfie without having your head or face in the photo. This has opened up a new creative direction for me." - participant in a photo meditations course.
That quote was in response to the "selfie" I had posted to the group members in a photo meditations course. The "selfie" was an assignment.
I was sitting on the back porch, coffee at my side, writing out my thoughts in whichever direction they go - which is how I meditate.
And...I will admit, this shot was one of those, "Oh crap, that selfie assignment is due today." click!
But after I posted the image to the group, and saw the response above...I looked at this selfie with new eyes. I realized this self portrait shared more deeply about me than any arty or pouty head shot could ever say.
You only had to look for the story.
Why do we post selfies?
Aside from pop stars who think we really care about seeing them in the bathroom - and reality TV personalities who post a shot of their backside to "break the internet" - there can be some good reasons to post selfies.
- To celebrate friendship
- To celebrate playfulness (but not the drunken, falling-down in the street)
- To share new adventures (Have you seen the app "Stellar" yet?)
A little back story here.
In the wee hours of Saturday morning a local artist shared on social media his sadness that his cochlear implants aren't working. He had gone to an art opening where two of his pieces are showing and he could not hear/communicate with the people there. He has withdrawn from socializing with the local art community because he feels embarrassed that he can't respond appropriately.
I cried when I read his remarks.
My heart ached for him.
Tears are streaming down my face as I write this.
So...sometimes we post selfies to show solidarity and understanding.
I hope your week is beautiful.
Expect the best. Anything else is an adventure.