Hello BigPictureStuff Friends!
Thankyou so much for the amazing encouragement on Vess’ amazing illustration of the late Robin Williams (as seen on our instagram ). It was a true honour to be able to represent such an amazing man and to continue telling his story around world.
As you may have noticed I am presenting to you today, a very special travel project. Brought to you from my Europe Adventure!!
Selfie: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media”
Part of my trip was spent travelling solo, (which I wrote about here while in Leeds) and it was honestly such a rewarding, inspiring and memorable adventure.
Yes, I did get lost, yes, I fell into tourist traps, and yes, I took ALOT of selfies.
Selfies, are honestly, such a wonderful, interesting and world wide creation. Arguably birthed from narcissistic and vain pursuits, the selfie has becomes such a prominent, and integrated aspect of our social media driven society. Used to validate our travels, stories and day to day activities (who can’t deny sharing the occasional ‘selfie with my dinner’ or ‘selfie in my car’ photo?) the selfie has changed the way we interact and recount our experiences, surroundings and situations.
I showed Val’s Selfies to my little sister, Viv, and she said “How did you think of that?”
To be honest, it came out of my desire to be that tourist in a photo. To have your photo taken front of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Notre Damei is every tourist’s dream and I felt a selfie on an iPhone just did not cut it for me. Hence, my small travel project.
Better, yet, this little travel photo allows me to say with confidence:
“Yeah, I went there. Look, I took a selfie!”
Valerie Bong – Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Melbourne, Australia. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.