We all need to stop lying to ourselves about selfies… or maybe I’m the only one still doing that. I’ve had the mindset that a selfie is narcissistic, or at least when I do it. Because honestly, I love looking at other people’s self portraits, and seeing how they express themselves through a photograph. When you take a self portrait you position yourself, angle the camera yourself, dress yourself, use whatever props you deem righteous enough, and edit the photo yourself. It’s one of the most sincere forms of self expression, unless of course it is one of the thousands of instagrams where you are making a duck face with the front iPhone camera but even that says a lot about who you are.
Because I often forget that it is just another form of self expression no one except the people I do life with day-to-day knew that I cut off (even more of) my hair 2 months ago. My dad didn’t even find out until a week ago. But deep deep down, I’ve always wanted to secretly get really good at taking self portraits. When I was in art school I’d look at photographers such as Lissy Elle (the queen of selfies) and think to myself
"DAMN! If only I could take such a creative and stunning ~*~sElFiE~*~"
But I never worked on it because of my own insecurity and projecting my misconception onto other people. In fact, when I was in high school the people that followed me on instagram and didn’t know me personally thought my sister was me until about a year after I first opened my account.
So, I, Cadence Meeks, solemnly swear to work on “the selfie”. To get good at expressing creativity through both sides of the lens (sometimes simultaneously) and let the world see me in a new light (but also actually see me). You feel?
Wise words from mah gurl