There’s nothing new about a “selfie” ….


~~March 4, 2014~~

A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone.

Selfies are often associated with social networking. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus. Selfies taken that involve multiple people are known as “group selfies“.

In August 2013 the Guardian produced a film series titled Thinkfluencer exploring selfie exposure in the UK.

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Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer in photography, produced a daguerreotype of himself in 1839 which is also one of the first photographs of a person. Because the process was slow he was able to uncover the lens, run into shot for a minute or more, and then replace the lens cap.

He recorded on the back “The first light Picture ever taken, 1839.”

~~Early Edwardian woman taking her picture in a mirror roughly 1900~~

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia taking

one of the first teenage self-portraits
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The debut of the portable Kodak Brownie box camera in 1900 led to photographic self-portraiture becoming a more widespread technique. The method was usually by mirror and stabilizing the camera either on a nearby object or on a tripod while framing via a viewfinder at the top of the box. Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna at the age of 13 was one of the first teenagers to take her own picture using a mirror to send to a friend in 1914.

In the letter that accompanied the photograph, she wrote, “I took this picture of myself looking at the mirror. It was very hard as my hands were trembling.”

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~~Popularity~~

The term “selfie” was discussed by photographer Jim Krause in 2005, although photos in the selfie genre predate the widespread use of the term.

In the early 2000s, before Facebook became the dominant online social network, self-taken photographs were particularly common on MySpace. However, writer Kate Losse recounts that between 2006 and 2009 (when Facebook became more popular than MySpace), the “MySpace pic” (typically “an amateurish, flash-blinded self-portrait, often taken in front of a bathroom mirror”) became an indication of bad taste for users of the newer Facebook social network.

Early Facebook portraits, in contrast, were usually well-focused and more formal, taken by others from distance. In 2009 in the image hosting and video hosting website Flickr, Flickr users used ‘selfies’ to describe seemingly endless self-portraits posted by teenage girls. According to Losse, improvements in design — especially the front-facing camera copied by the iPhone 4 (2010) from Korean and Japanese mobile phones, mobile photo apps such as Instagram, and selfie sites such as ItisMee — led to the resurgence of selfies in the early 2010s.

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Initially popular with young people, selfies gained wider popularity over time. By the end of 2012, Time magazine considered selfie one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year; although selfies had existed long before, it was in 2012 that the term “really hit the big time”. According to a 2013 survey, two-thirds of Australian women age 18–35 take selfies — the most common purpose for which is posting on Facebook. 
A poll commissioned by smartphone and camera maker Samsung found that selfies make up 30% of the photos taken by people aged 18–24.

By 2013, the word “selfie” had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. In November 2013, the word “selfie” was announced as being the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gave the word itself an Australian origin.

Selfies have also taken beyond the earth. A space selfie is a selfie that is taken in space. This include selfies taken by astronauts, machines and by an indirect method to have self-portrait photograph on earth retaken in space.

In January 2014, during the Sochi Winter Olympics, a “Selfie Olympics” meme was popular on Twitter, where users took self-portraits in unusual situations. The spread of the meme took place with the usage of the hashtags#selfiegame, and #selfieolympics.

~~Related~~

http://www.eonline.com/news/495998/the-selfie-olympics-are-a-thing-and-these-are-the-people-competing

On March 2, 2014, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a group selfie while hosting the 86th Academy Awards ceremony. The selfie included Hollywood celebrities Jared LetoJennifer LawrenceChanning TatumMeryl StreepJulia RobertsKevin SpaceyBrad PittLupita and Peter Nyong’o, and Angelina Jolie and set a record as the most retweeted photo in the history of the service, with more than 1 million retweets.

~~I just think the following video is fun. Will embed here. Enjoy~~

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Oscars 2014 Ellen Degeneres Best Oscar Moments Ellen

~~Oscar Selfie & Pizza~~

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Enjoy the humor of it all! 

We ALL are ONE!!