I saw that yesterday (June 21) was National Selfie Day. Yes, you read that correctly...there actually is a day that celebrates people taking pics of themselves (and posting them for the world to see).
Although I play the (shameless) selfie game, pretty much daily, I do have mixed feelings about it. Most of what we see on social media is "filtered" (literally and figuratively) to reflect what the person posting wants us to see about them or the lifestyle they lead.
As much as I enjoy playing with filters, there is the temptation to become co-dependent on them. I am an art geek, after all, and I love color.
Thus, I'm sharing five recent pics (selfies, none the less) that I especially like, for various reasons:
First off, how about we get real? Summer has been pretty hot and humid already. That's not a complaint (because I was only too happy to see winter finally come to an end...in late April). Summer is my favorite season, but with the heat and humidity comes perspiration. LOTS of perspiration. This pic was taken after an early morning walk, and you can see my back was a sweaty mess. Although the filter(s) I used to enhance the colors of the trees ALSO enhanced the dampness of my back...I like that this picture shows the reality of the day.
How about some crazy, bright color? Another recent morning walk had me outside before there was full daylight. I took a post-walk selfie, doing one of my favorite stretches, while still holding my Knuckle Lights. A little filter to highlight the glow from the Knuckle Lights...and YOWZA! My pink tank top took on a life of its own!
Who doesn't love a beautiful sunrise? Often times, I'm craving something different from the typical "action shot" of me running or posing on my front porch after a run or a workout. A spontaneous Royal Dancer pose in the middle of a quiet street (while the rest of the town was still asleep) depicted the tranquility of the moment.
|It was a hot summer day, and I took full advantage of being outside|
|The bright lights aren't the only things aglow|
|All was quiet...|
I'm not just a runner. Granted, running is my exercise of choice, but it's not all I do to keep myself healthy and fit. The thing is, I don't always have perfectly coiffed hair or even a smudge of the previous day's eyeliner. And, sometimes, there's household clutter in the background. Adding a funky filter can not only blur the overall image (camouflaging the less desirable details), but it can also enhance other elements (like one's muscle tone LOL).
And, lastly, I love a good candid shot. Once in awhile, the camera snaps at the perfect moment as the glow from the sunrise peeks over your shoulder. Being caught in a deep stretch, with a look of concentration and calmness on your face...well, that's nearly impossible to duplicate. I don't always thoroughly stretch my muscles following a run, but I did on this particular morning.
|not just a runner|
|stretching the angry hammie|
So, there's a few recent favorite pics. Maybe I should do a future post on previously not-posted pics, hmmm? Bloopers? Selfie fails, if you will? The jury is still out on that ...stay tuned.
How do you feel about selfies? Too many on social media? Do you use filters on your pictures, selfies or otherwise? Do you see using filters as "cheating" or as "artfully enhancing" a potentially dull picture?