Nice job on the Selfie/Self-Portrait Challenge!
Okay, to be honest I don’t really ever take selfies, nor did I
study them while getting my photojournalism degree.
The thing is, the same guidelines for a “good” photo should
still apply to the selfies of the Facebook generation as well,
those guidelines being of course; composition, light and subject
matter. I admit, many times I see a selfie posted to facebook and I
cringe because of lack of all or some of those guidelines.
I realize that my profession causes me to be a wee bit more
critical of every photo I look at, but come on people, if a selfie
must be taken and posted for the world to see, make it
photographically stellar in every way possible!
But I digress.
I really enjoyed the diversity of the selfies entered, there
were some straight-forward shots and some lovely “out of the box”
creativity going on. Of course, I especially liked the ones that
made me laugh because I think we can all admit those are always the
ones that we remember. One entry of two dogs and an owner was
particularly hilarious, but it was too small of a photo to be
printed, thus I couldn’t make it a “stand-out”.
Here are my “stand-outs” that will be published in the
Sunday, July 13th. edition of the Kitsap Sun.
“Feedback” by Steve Johnson
Steve used his Olympus OMD-EM1 camera, (which sends image and
shutter functions to his phone) to capture this selfie of a selfie
of a selfie. It is a very creative and well executed photo. I also
really like how he used both forms of “camera technology” (phone
and actual camera) to capture this
“Untitled” by John Haydon
This was of course one of those shots that made me laugh. I
really don’t need to see John’s face in this selfie, I can get a
sense that he is a funny guy who likes the color blue.
“Poulsbo Fireworks Set-Up” by Tyler Boyle
I don’t even know if Tyler meant to enter this in our challenge
since it was posted to the Kitsap Sun Facebook page. But I grabbed
it when I saw it because to me a selfie that gives a sense of place
or action by showing what is in the background are the best ones.
These selfies tell more of a story of the person in the photo and
being a photojournalist I am of course all about the photos that
“Train Ride” by Benjamin Steele
Sure the viewer is looking up the nose of the photographer/main
subject of this shot but that nose perspective is pretty humorous
and gives this frame a very interesting composition.
“Selfie With Spike” by Dan Kuhs
The expressions of both subjects and the adorable spiky hair of
this youngster really makes this image delightful.