“Hey, you make selfies!” That was one of the comments I received. I was not really happy with it. Why are these pictures no selfies? Just a brief explanation.
A selfie is a subjective self-portrait. In this type of portrait it is clearly visible that the person in the picture in fact IS the photographer. Often there ‘s also the presence of the visible camera, when a reflection is used in a mirror or a window. The purpose of the picture is to show an excerpt from the personal life of the photographer. The quality of the picture is of secondary importance.
An objective portrait deviates in some points. The photo is not a snapshot from the personal life of the photographer. The camera is further away from the “model” so it looks like someone else has taken the photo. The pose, location, clothing and lighting are carefully planned. Only when the whole composition is in order, the self-portrait is created. In these portraits it is not so important who’s on the photograph. Anyone could pose for this photoshoots. Often self-portraits are created by the absence of a model, or to experiment with new techniques. And it is also fun to pretend to be someone else. So these are some reasons why this is not a “selfie”.