Smile for the Camera [socs]

Car selfie sunglasses grey

This is me in my Camry, circa 2015 (since given to my daughter). I may have been wearing a camisole under my sweater, as I was wont to do back then. I had one in every color; now I have none. I was definitely wearing a cheap cameo necklace, which you can kinda sorta see under my hair. My hair is much shorter now and my sunglasses are smaller, making for a more sedate, less campy look.

I find the selfie trend amusing. Once, we had cameras pointed outward, to document our travels, and to preserve memories of friends and family on special occasions. But now we turn the camera on ourselves, to post our navels to the world. Look at this new piece of lint! Isn’t it utterly fascinating?

But nobody looks. No one cares. They’re all busy tuning and shading and filtering their own selfies to present their curated face and camouflaged emotions to an indifferent metaverse.

~*~

Image is mine.

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31 responses to “Smile for the Camera [socs]

  1. Well said Paula! You’re looking great, despite the oversized shades.

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  2. I fear the world can get by without selfies of me.

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  3. I should take more pictures, but there are a lot of things that I should be doing.

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  4. The selfie obsession is strange, because you’re right, no one cares, unless you have Facetuned and all that garbage to fool people into thinking you look perfect.

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  5. I rarely take selfies, let alone enjoy myself in a regular front-facing photo that someone else has taken. I would rather point the camera outward.

    I’m chuckling over the camisoles. I still wear a camisole or T-shirt under my sweaters. It feels much warmer in the winter. I traded for that when I gave up the multi colored turtlenecks in the closet. :-p

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  6. I like a true camera and I like taking photos of places, things and wild animals, but I am old, so I guess that doesn’t count 😉

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  7. yeah… and the trend really impacts the children growing up in today’s world…


    David

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  8. Coincidentally I used to have camisoles in every color and now I have none left either.

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  9. I agree with you: no one cares. We think our lives are so interesting and fascinating and that our 5,000,000 friends on social media can’t wait for our next update, but the reality (I think) is that we end up ignoring the important things in life. Thank you for the belly button lint tip because I’m going to snap some shots of mine and get them out there. I can count the ‘likes’ already!

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  10. I don’t take selfies anymore. I don’t want to break the front camera on my iPhone. 😵‍💫

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  11. It’s funny, cause I take a lot of selfies of myself, but I post so few of them, lol. Except if they are related to something, like books, Halloween. So I’m sorta in-between I guess.

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  12. Selfies sure have become a thing, I think that they represent a need to make sense of identity and for filling a social need – look take notice of me – in a world that is drowning in visual noise. I loved this piece.

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