The Gallery: Selfie


It’s a blimmin’ stupid word, isn’t it? So 21st century and SELF-indulgent and me, me, me. It even sounds like selfish.

For those of you who don’t know, it’s what ‘the young ones’ do. They take endless photos of themselves on their phones – sucking in their cheekbones and posing and pouting and then splash it all over Facebook and Instagram. Boring.

I must be pretty 21st century and down with the kids myself, because I brought the word up in my The Gallery: Self portrait post a few months ago and most people hadn’t heard of it.

There’s a technique to it, apparently – you hold your phone up high to get your best side – and then you suck your cheeks in and you pose. Well, it’s never worked for me. But then I’m not a poser.

I’m not averse to having photos of myself. But my husband takes them. Of me and the kids together. They’re not selfies.

But anyway, I digress, I need to present you with a selfie. And I’m not keen to do that. I’m not one for posing and pouting. Not because I’m uncomfortable with my appearance, because, actually I’m very comfortable with my appearance. I don’t think I’m beautiful or amazing, because I’m not.

But I’m comfortable in my own skin. Nothing about my appearance (even the spots and grey hairs and wrinkles) makes my feel awkward or embarrassed or want to hide myself.

And so, without further ado. Ladies and gentleman, I give you my selfie…

There is one of me looking way more dreadful than that, which I’d hoped to use, but sadly extracting it from my own Instagram account was beyond my capabilities.
I wrote this post in response to a prompt on The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers. For more interpretations of the theme, pop on over.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. That’s a true selfie! Looks like you’ve been out running and in your element. I’m not much of a selfie-er at all. I think I must be a bit old fashioned!

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  2. Great photo, definitely think selfies should be natural. My niece (who is 15) takes endless photos of herself that are very posed but I didn’t realise it was something they all did lol! x

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  3. Lol the other one is so funny. That is a good shade of red!

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  4. Love this. It’s so natural, and just you. I chickened out and took one when I was just about to go out for dinner… At my ‘best’ rather than just me…

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  5. Ha! I took my selfie exactly as you described, without the sucking in of cheeks and posing, no idea that was how they were meant to be done! Yours is a fab picture, incredibly natural and honest.

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  6. As a mom of teenagers, I’m subjected to an endless stream fish-face pictures. And blimmin’ stupid is my new favourite phrase… love me some Brit-speak 🙂

    You look great, by the way!

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  7. Wow, it’s amazing how many people dislike the selfie, I for one like them and yours are great 🙂

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  8. Thanks very much, everyone. This is most definitely natural and ‘me’. To be fair, I do usually look a little bit better than this.
    Glad you checked out the red face, Dawn! It’s totally natural.
    Glad you like the phrase, Jenn!
    Helpful mum – your pic was fab! In fact lots of you looked very beautiful and glamorous, but that just isn’t me!
    I am on the small side, Lou! Not short, just skinny!

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  9. Great natural ‘selfie’ and good on you for getting out there for some exercise too – I so need to get out for a run (when I can find someone to watch my 3 children for a moment x).

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  10. Isn’t that the problem, Pacific Plate! I don’t run as often as I would like for that very reason!
    Thanks, Lesley – it’s a combination of tired from after a 12 mile run and concentration on trying to take the damn selfie! x

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