The 360 Selfie

by @edent | # # # # # | 3 comments

I'll admit it - I never really got the selfie. I was trapped in the mistake that they were a mere narcissistic folly. I couldn't have been more wrong. The more I travel the world, the more I see a change in people's behaviour around monuments. It used to be people jostling to get the one perfect shot of a thing. Even if they got the perfect shot, they never looked at the result. Why?

People want to take a photo like this:
A beautiful and artful photo of the Eifel Tower

But it often ends up coming out like this:

That's not intended to be snarky. Most of us don't have the time, skill, or equipment to take stunning photographs. But that's OK! The best photographs of mere objects have already been taken. The photo that no-one else has ever taken is of you standing there!

That's what I love about selfies! A photo of a monument is just that. It shows you were there, once, kinda. But a selfie proves that you were there! I think there's something delightful about saying "This is me! Here I am!"

So, here are a couple of 360 selfies from our recent trips. They're not the greatest photos in the world - they're not static shots of a thing - but they are of us and the memories we made.

Rome

Hong Kong

Australia

3 thoughts on “The 360 Selfie

  1. Rob says:

    Selfies are for me to remember being there, not to prove to others that I was. It personalises the experience when I look back and reminds me of that day, or that trip. And reminds me that my fashion sense has not improved in 40 years.

  2. Quentin says:

    Nice! Here's one of mine, with links to a couple of others:

    https://statusq.org/archives/2019/03/27/8930/

    I never thought I would ever want to own a selfie stick, but having the use of a 360 camera made me buy one 🙂

  3. Hugh says:

    Pleased to see the UKGovCamp 18 shirt make an appearance 😉

    Are 360 photos natively supported in some part of the HTML specification now? Or is there a JavaScript plugin to render some kind of proprietary format?

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