Self -ie or -portrait ?

by Jean-Michel Laurenti April. 17, 2018 540 views

Yesterday, to experiment a simple light setup (one large but directional light on top of the subject), I had no other model to play with, but myself.

Looking at results, I wondered... Are these images selfies or self-portraits ?

What a fundamental question: which difference between self-portrait and selfie !

According to the significant number of pages trying to give an undisputable answer , the image intent is considered as the main differentiator.

Are we just taking a picture of ourselves ? Or do we have an intention (artistic, politic,...) ? Interestingly enough, image quality doesn't seems to matter...

So, now that the definition is clear...should I consider the image below as a selfie or a self-portrait ?


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Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

This is really cool ! Love this kind of self-portrait !

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Camellia 1 year, 3 months ago

A self portrait and one that I really really like and would love to try

1 year, 3 months ago Edited
Jean-Michel Laurenti Replied to Camellia 1 year, 2 months ago

Hi Camelia, sorry for late reply, the site issues have been slowing down my reactivity ! :-)
Thanks for your kind comment, hope to see your work soon grinning !

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Replied to Jean-Michel Laurenti 1 year, 2 months ago

I am telling you this is a fantastic photo!  I have come back and studied it several times trying to figure out mentally if I should try it your way with a light overhead on try it with the invisible backdrop technique, using a speedlight. grinning

1 year, 2 months ago Edited