View Full Version : [POLL] People with Self-Shot-Syndrome (w/ cameras)
03-27-2007, 04:07 PM
This has kinda been a pet peeve for me ever since digital cameras and photo blogs became popular.
I'm talking about people who obsessively take self-portrait shots with their cameras all the time. You go on friendster or myspace and 99% of their photo album consists of self-shots, lying in bed, walking around, sitting in their car at a red light, in the bathroom shooting into the mirror, etc. And their expressions are always serious, trying to achieve the perfect beautiful expression and angle, like their taking studio shots. I will often see a series of 5 photos taken in exactly the same location and position with nearly the same expression, all with their arm stretched out holding the camera and an open toilet in the background. Many of my close friends (mostly females) do this.
My honest half wants to tell them that it looks really sad and vain, but the other half of me reminds me that it's none of my business. Maybe I'm too self-conscious, but I feel kinda silly pointing a camera at myself, even when I'm by myself in my home. Maybe I'm the wierd one...hmm.
Do you know anybody like this? If so, what are your thoughts?
03-27-2007, 04:35 PM
If I point the camera to myself, it's going to be a funny face I'm making or just a regular smile. Whenever I point to self, it's just for something funny.
I do agree with you about the serious/model/emo look that everyone is doing right now. It's stupid...and vain....and not that great looking.
03-27-2007, 05:02 PM
I'm with you on the funny expression thing. Every photo I've ever taken is of me doing something absolutely crazy with a wacky/funny expression. You can imagine the wierd looks I got when serving as an Air Force officer amongst some hard-core military types.
03-27-2007, 05:07 PM
I'm saying stupid and vain.
I do need to find someone decent around here who takes studio headshots though. Now that NOLA is a movie mecca, and I know lots of folks in the movie business here, I've been encouraged to do so to submit to casting companies. Maybe I'll get an audition. :shrug:
Then maybe you'll see my real name at the end (or beginning...hah!) of more films. :)
03-27-2007, 07:29 PM
I do need to find someone decent around here who takes studio headshots though.
With or without the Guy Fawkes mask? :heh:
A female friend of mine used to do that all the time, countless pics of herself in this pose or that pose wearing different clothing etc. Kinda weird, obviously vain on some level, but really none of my business. Until she starts sending them all to me, then it gets a bit old and annoying of course.
Regarding myself, I'm with the rest of ya. It's either something goofy or nothing at all. Except for the one I took for my passport (duh) and maybe 2 regular smiling ones for myspace etc (which were photoshopped before posting).
03-27-2007, 07:47 PM
I don't point my camera at myself -- ever.
(Seriously, while I like being BEHIND the camera, I hate being in front of one).
As for how I view others that do, I say it's up to them -- I really don't complain about it.
03-28-2007, 12:00 AM
With or without the Guy Fawkes mask? :heh:
Hah! Haven't decided. But it might be tough getting any role other than V. :)
I do need to pick up a well-made V costume before Halloween so that I'll have something cool to wear at parties. It's a badass costume, and a cool movie, except that you're rooting for a terrorist. Or maybe just because it has Natalie Portman in it.
03-28-2007, 05:57 AM
i think it's perfectly fine
03-28-2007, 06:44 AM
I very rarely take self shots like that, if I do it is normally cause I have one of the kids on my lap and that is about the only way pics of me and the kids get taken. So I do it myself. As for all the stupid people who post 8 shots with just a slight change in the face or tilt of the head, I can't stand it. I think they need to just pidk one and get on with life.
03-28-2007, 07:01 AM
Thank you for reminding me why I don't ever go to myspace.
03-28-2007, 09:28 AM
I think I have only taken a photo of my self once.
About 6 months ago, I had to go in for an over night sleep study at the hospital. The amount of wires and other leads that they hook up to you and expect you to have a "normal" night's sleep is crazy, so I thought it would be interesting to have a photo of it. I ended up using my camera phone and the bathroom mirror.
03-28-2007, 08:03 PM
Please tell me I am not the only one who thought Nija would answer..."yes, but not of my face,"
The Happy Squirrel
03-29-2007, 09:19 AM
not my thing but to each his own as long as it doesnt affect me i dont really give a sqaut what people do while they are alone with cameras not enough to ahve an opionion at least
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