Around the World in 1000 Selfies
Howdy folks. It’s time for a little reflection on the world today and the way things are done. Have a look at the two girls in the photo above I saw one my day trip to Hakone a month ago now. What exactly is going on there? It looks like the girl on the left is holding a driver (golf club) in her right hand. What is it all about?
Maybe you can’t see, but at the end of the stick is her camera. Yes, the girls are taking a ‘selfie’. I’ve often had criticism of my personal snaps when away travelling leveled at me – ‘where are photos of yourself, Andrew???’. I usually reply with ‘well you know what I look like!’ but today, the thing to do is go somewhere and be photographed in front of it right? RIGHT? And now they make bloody sticks so you don’t even have to ask someone ‘Excuse me please, will you take my photo?’ It’s disappointing, because I love to say ‘Yes, sure!’ and then run off with the camera… AS A JOKE of course! 🙂 I come back.
Later in the day in Hakone, on the boat on Lake Ashi, I saw a woman with a ‘selfie’stick’. She spent a good 15 minutes taking photos of herself from various angles. I’m sorry my photo isn’t better. I mean, what HAS the world come too? Are we all narcissists today?
Apparently you don’t even have to be somewhere interesting, here’s a guy in KLIA2 taking a selfie. He did have the whole family up, but obviously decided they were stealing his light. This is just the beginning folks – imagine in a decade, your ‘selfie-stick’ will probably be the first thing you pack!
In recognition of this growing trend, I thought today would be a great day to present to you some of the most amazing places I’ve visited on this Earth in pictures. Do enjoy! Please enjoy the delights and AMAZING scenes of, in oder – Kribi, Cameroon; Altyn Arashan, Kyrgyzstan; Halong Bay, Vietnam; Shiraz, Iran; Sarajevo, Bosnia; Darjeeling, India (I apologise for this one, I couldn’t crop out all the background); Amritsar, India; Multan, Pakistan; and finally how amazing is it to ride an elephant near Chiangmai, Thailand? I present to you, the travel album of the FUTURE –
What do you think? Have we become too obsessed with taking pictures of ourselves these days? Is it something that’s come about owing to social media, or have humans just become too narcissistic for their own good? Have I? (lol please note I had to trawl through all my travel photos to find this lot! and then crop them!). Please leave a comment below. Maybe you LOVE selfies! I hereby pass no judgement.
Tomorrow, Episode Seven is out of the World Journeys Podcast and we are looking forward to the World Cup in Brazil. Join Michael Woolhouse, another Aussie, and myself as we talk about his plans as he jets off to Brazil to follow Australia’s Socceroos. May the journey never end!