Remember finding a rock or a wall, positioning the family 35mm camera, whizzing around the mechanical lever, pressing the shutter button, running back to get in front of the lens… then after the holiday, taking the film to the chemist to get the film developed… and the prints made… opening up the packet of n-prints…. and?
The evolution of the selfie: how our much-mocked photos have matured
Against all odds, the selfie has evolved from an embarrassing teenage trend into a modern phenomenon. Now, some experts are beginning to see them as a good thing
Few 21st-century trends have been as thoroughly maligned as the selfie, the digital self-portrait snapped at arm’s length on a smartphone. But since around 2013, when the word received the seal of approval from Oxford Dictionaries, the debate over what these images reveal about modern life has softened and shifted. It’s no longer smart to condemn them as proof that an entire generation are narcissists. Now experts – including art historians and psychologists – argue that selfies perform important social functions.