I: I enjoy the selfie.
"Selfie," Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year 2013,a self-portrait usually taken with a smart phone. It may be uploaded to a social media such as Facebook or Instagram. At this year's Oscars, popular host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a selfie with Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt and other actors and actresses. It instantly .
The publicitygenerated shows how much people selfies. Selfies have become increasingly common, especially among the young. Open the photo gallery in any young person's phone, and you will probably find selfies taken .
, selfies may become an . A British teenager, Danny Bowman, spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies on his phone. He so taking the perfect selfie that he even school and became aggressive when his parents tried to stop him.
Fortunately, this is ancase rather than the . However, some mental health experts a link between selfies and mental illness such as , or BDD. A person with BDD is concerned with body image and the in his or her looks.
Perhaps all this talk about addiction and obsession is why I feel a littleabout taking selfies. I did not grow up with a smart phone or digital camera, and I started taking selfies only in my university years. My friends and I rely on selfies only when no one is available to take a photo of us. It is also a sign of , as I only take selfies with people I'm happy to allow into my personal space.
However, the more selfies I take, the more I see the value in other types of photographs., for instance, are great for people in their most natural state. They may not be as as selfies, but there is something charming about preserving such moments.
Even for posed shots, there is value in having someone else take a photograph of you. I remember a man in Tofukuji in Kyoto, who parked himself beside a particularmaple tree, and offered to take photographs for other people enjoying the . I also recall a holiday in Madrid, when an American tourist asked me to take a photograph of her family. We enjoyed a short afterwards. The interaction between the photographed and photographer becomes a part of the picture and memory.
Will I continue to take selfies? Of course. But I will enjoy taking other types of photographs too, for a variety is surely needed to put together a beautiful tapestry of memories.
The Japan Times ST: May 16, 2014