Portrait Of The Writer As A Self-Indulgent Hack

Camwhoring. The art of shamelessly taking a self portrait with your own camera to upload on social media websites, an act usually performed in bedrooms, washrooms and other places where you can be by yourself and away from people who might stare.  In Chinese, we call it 自拍, and it carries with it the faint tang of vainpot self-aggrandizement: 拍自己的马屁.*

I managed achieve 自拍 on a DSLR. On full manual. In public. I’m not sure what this says about me, really. **


*this literally translates to “smacking your own horse ass” and it is about as complimentary as it sounds.

**technically, my GH1 is a Micro 4/3rds and not a DSLR per se. But that’s just quibbling.


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