It’s been a while that I didn’t send a new post! I’m so sorry and I hope you’ll forgive me! As I mentioned it shortly during summer, I moved to Guangzhou in China, with my husband and son, for 1 year… may be longer, we’ll see! So « soundsandstyle » blog will look a bit different! I’ll probably share more photos and write less! Photos of this new experience & my impressions. I hope you ‘ll enjoy!
Did you get difficulties while you were posing for your selfie? Did you finally buy a selfie-stick in 2014? Or was it on your wish-list for your birthday? « A selfie stick is a monopod used to take selfie photographs by positioning a smart phone or camera beyond the normal range of the arm ».
Do you know that a Japanese selfie stick was featured in a 1995 book of « 101 Un-Useless Japanese Inventions ». It was probably the first or may be the 2nd as it seems that a photo of the early 20’s was showing a homemade selfie stick. Jacqueline Verdier, and her best friend and business partner Dominic Suszanski, launched their own, on « Selfie on a Stick.com » in 2014, after they discovered selfie sticks while visiting Hong Kong; 3,000 percent growth in sales in November alone!
Oxford Dictionaries made “selfie” the word of the year in 2013. U.S. consumers responded by making the selfie stick the gift of the year in 2014.
Makati City, known as the financial center of the Philippines, has won another distinction: It is the Selfie Capital of the World.
1. Makati City and Pasig, Philippines
258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people
2. Manhattan, N.Y.
202 selfie-takers per 100,000 people
3. Miami, Fla.
155 selfie-takers per 100,000 people
These self-shot photographs are very popular among younger social media users … Chinese young people who can’t access to Facebook have Weibo, which can be described as a mix of Facebook and Twitter, and QQ (equivalent of messenger).
Are « Selfie sticks are more than for just vanity shots of oneself » ? . Photographers can use the pole to extend their reach, getting more friends and family members in a shot or including more sites in the background… I personally don’t use one but I certainly won’t judge. While I’ve been visiting a few touristic places in Guangzhou and around, I couldn’t resist to take photographs of people taking selfies as it shows often funny situations. People are so concentrated on getting the best face or viewing angle that they never noticed I was there… Besides, it’s quite difficult or even impossible to take photos of the monuments & touristic sites on their own… 😉
Photos © Dominique Lila for Soundsandstyle.com (Made in Guangzhou/ Shamian Island & Zhuhai)