Not all quite ‘selfies‘, the first photo would easily have fitted in with my first ‘Female Photographer’ post, and the second one could just as easily being a naturist checking texts as taking a selfie. The other three are clearly selfie styled shots. And while not strictly naturist, they show the allure of nude photography, and being the subject of a nude photograph, is strong. Of course, the fact that the subject is most often female, nude or in lingerie has led to a debate on whether or not the whole culture for selfies is one of objectifying the female (or more accurately the female model/photographer allowing herself to be objectified).
And while they may be cute, in the midst of a young love affair, what’s the position on intellectual property rights or morality when that love affair breaks up? What if your ex boyfriend or girlfriend subsequently subsequently opts to publish these on social media as an act of revenge, a way of getting even with you for having ended the affair?
I confidently predict, 25 years from now, some leading politician who opts to stand for the Presidency of the United States will be forced to quit when his (probably his) teenage selfies, sent to one of his first girlfriends to show how -ahem- ‘manly’ he is, come to light.
This despite the fact that attitudes may have further changed in 25 years to the point where photos of one’s naked self floating around in cyberspace are met with a shrug of the shoulders by most people. ‘I was young, I was silly’ will run the ‘excuse’. But politics aren’t quite like that, the attitudes therein being of dull piety -no one ever inhales in advance of standing for President- and typical political hypocrisy.
So I snagged myself an iPhone, found a mirror and started posing. 🙂 The different bedrooms, incidentally, are from a showroom in SL…I haven’t been running around half the bedrooms of SL in my birthday suit! I’ve not attempted to do any post-production on the photos as they’re quite often in their ‘raw state’ as published by RL people. Indeed, I should ask Harry to ‘degrade’ the photos on his iPhone, as he’s done before with some SL shots, in order to give them a truer air of being not top quality.
The art of (reproducing) the selfie is something I shall return to in a subsequent post.