Selfies. What a concept. A photo to represent our online presence. I think it’s ultimately kind of weird, frankly. But today the selfie is, well, a way of life for some people who seem obsessed with taking them. To each his/her own I suppose.
I must admit that I like seeing current photos of people I know, especially if I don’t get to see them very often in real life. But the poses. Ug. We have always posed. I love people just living themselves in real life and not stopping real life to pose. But, I’m weird that way.
Yesterday a friend of mine posted the coolest picture of himself, a selfie. It was unique, bold, vibrant, and abstract—obviously done with some photo filter app. His photo reminded me very much of the portrait work of the French artist, Françoise Nielly, which I love. I loved his selfie! People went crazy over it. Someone finally insisted he give up the name of the app. He did. I downloaded it.1
The first image I created was of Steve. You see it below. He used it as his Facebook profile shot. The photo is really a composite of two photos: one of him (I forget where it was shot) and one of the Golden Gate Bridge. I merged the two of them into one photo. I then used the newly discovered app to create his new photo. People loved it.
This morning I created one of me. I tried several different filters to get a sense for what they do. Since you have so many to choose from and each one takes up to 3 minutes to process, learning what they do is no easy task. Presented below are a few of them.