Vain Photography They Are Everywhere

@nykel88 (1003)
Philippines
February 27, 2010 9:43pm CST
Have you ever heard of this new kind of photography? If not you should try to observe teens and even young adults who'd like to capture themselves everyday and I mean everyday in every hour picture taking. I'm mean I can understand individuals who take pictures if they are dressed up, in a parties and etc. but what I don't understand is that those people who keep taking pictures with themselves almost every hour. Mostly I find these many in girls. This must have been the effect of mass production of commercially available digital cameras and social network picture uploads. Is this good? I can't say this is a hobby but may be an addiction to it. What do you think?
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15 responses
• Philippines
28 Feb 10
Hi nykel, I used to take pictures of myself a lot during my teenage years, but as I grew older, (I'm 23 now) I just take pictures if I'm glammed up or have a special occasion. I can see your point that a lot of girls loves to take several pictures of themselves in different angles, different smiles, different outfits and so on. I just laugh to myself and shake my head, but I don't get annoyed coz I understand them, and I used to be like that. LOL blame it on multiple social networking sites, these teenyboppers want to see and be seen. I just hope they'll outgrow it like I did, and post quality pictures that tells a story or feature a beautiful landmark instead of their self-portraits. ;)
@nykel88 (1003)
• Philippines
28 Feb 10
hi princess So you were addicted to vain photography.. I can see it is now like a lifestyle to most of the people living in the 21st century. This can't stop. Oh well.
@uniqueorn (1011)
• Philippines
28 Feb 10
Oh yes. They irritate me. Though, I highly consider people taking pictures of themselves as they appreciate their own beauty. But the more I see vain people taking self-pictures time by time, it only proves me something. It shows how discontented they are with their faces. They take pictures - is it because the too much love themselves (narcissism) or are they trying to find out how to hide their phyiscal assets' personal flaws. Just my two cents.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
1 Mar 10
My roommate's ex girlfriend has over 600 photos on her myspace, and more than over 400 of them are of her, mostly smiling, showing off sunglasses, or putting up a piece sign. 400 in less than 2 years I might add. Most of them aren't even "special occasion" photos either. It makes me sick.
• Canada
28 Feb 10
I don't take pictures of myself every hour of every day, but there are days when I take pretty "average" or candid pictures of myself (fully dressed of course) to send to my relatives far away on line, just so they can see what I am doing. A lot of what you call "vain picture-taking" is just people wanting to keep in touch with their loved ones, and wanting to show them what is going on in their lives. Welcome to the internet!
@nykel88 (1003)
• Philippines
28 Feb 10
Hi dan! In your case its okay. I also take pictures with myself if I'm suited up for any party or occasion. The only thing that concerns me is those people who took a lot of pictures of themselves then later post them in facebook, myspace and etc..
@prince05 (92)
• Philippines
4 Mar 10
On my own point of view this individuals are those who have problems regarding attention. They want our full attention on them that's why they are doing this. Other individuals also just brag at their good shots. And what i found out lately was the reason why they put a lot of pictures on the net it is because they love being commented especially in facebook wherein you would see mass comments on a certain picture. They would like to know what people thinks about their looks etc.
@dorannmwin (36651)
• United States
2 Mar 10
I'm definitely not one of the people that likes to take pictures of myself every hour of every day. What I do have to add to this is that in this dawn of easily accessible digital cameras, it is easy to be the kind of person that has almost every aspect of their life documented. Since my daughter was born nearly seven and a half years ago I've taken in excess of 10,000 pictures. This is a huge number of pictures considering the fact that my parents don't have that many pictures of myself and my siblings combined from the time I was born until the time that my sister graduated high school.
@dawnald (84206)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
And then there's my cousin with all her pictures of her boys. Every 5 minutes, seems like!
@summer77 (415)
• Philippines
1 Mar 10
Hi nykel. I do admit that I become vain too when it comes to taking pictures of myself but I would really say, it is very seldom. I'm not really fund of it, I would rather take photos of the places or do photojournalism. i know a guy friend who is homosexual and he loves to take photos of himself, which is evidently can be seen in his photos uploaded in his social networking accounts. I can't explain vain photography logically, but I guess one thing that couod be a reason is that soemtime it feeds bordom and could be fun especially when you are alone or really really bored. ^^
@neildc (17250)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
1 Mar 10
my step daughter is one. almost all phones in the house with camera, have pictures of her, and you can say that it is her that actually taken the picture. we also have digital camera and there are lots of her in it. it may only be a hobby of her but not addiction.
@Reyk22 (132)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Haha I witness this a lot, with teenage girls having a few hundred profile pictures. It is kind of funny really but I do not think it is bad or an addiction. Obviously though many teenage girls will be offended that you realize that they like to take many pictures of themselves and will say 'of course not every hour'. The picture thing is mostly about popularity and it teaches them how to look good(although hopefully not sexy or etc) and so I see no problem with it.
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
28 Feb 10
It's true that this generation has hundreds of pictures of themselves which they post to all of their social networking sites. These are mostly pictures of them having fun and laughing with their friends, but the pictures all kind of look the same and so do the kids.
• Philippines
28 Feb 10
I don't mind at all. if that would make them feel good and happy then why not! Anyways, it is their cameras... Well personally, I don't take pictures of me every hour... Only when there are special occasions, family gathering (planned and unexpected) or when it was my first time in the place, I took pictures for remembrance... Well Yes, thanks to the power of technology... taking pictures is more easy and convinient compared before that we need to bring bulky camera and buy films as well...
• Philippines
28 Feb 10
Well, atleast it makes them try and exert effort to look good, even if sometimes it's too much already. Specially those that post their pictures where the view is from the top, and their girls are the focus of the picture. LOL
• United States
28 Feb 10
I take a picture of myself or get pictures taken of myself every once in a while in case anything should happen to me because of what happened to my brother, but I am obsessed with that. I think that people should have updated photos of themselves in case of an emergency or something should to them, but not so much that it becomes an obsession.
@ratyz5 (7752)
• Philippines
28 Feb 10
Nothing really. To me, it seems like just one of those things that people fancy. If they want to do it very so often, they can do it without any hassle or troubling anyone for that matter, then so be it. One could be so confident in different degrees and in different angles and every moment is but a moment to take into consideration something that would fleet from the very beginning that it had began, noticed or unnoticed. For such pictures taken in a single day, there is but only one picture that stand out among the rest and it would also be like that on each following day. Of course, not all self-portrait taking individuals would be thinking of such things, perhaps they merely find amusement with what they do which doesn't really cause harm to others. Perhaps being exuberant in their own moments trouble those who have a different way in expressing their own self-idolatrous behaviour. Well, that's what I think.. (^_^")
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
28 Feb 10
It's nothing more than being an attention wh&^e and a narcissistic. People that do this really just make me wanna hurl.