Travel Self Portraits

I've been criticized in the past for taking (or at least posting) too many self portrait style photos. I see the issue and how it can seem very egotistical. But I would like to make a defense.

Traveling alone means you are the only one taking pictures (unless you are the type to flag down a passer-by to take the shot, which I try to avoid but occasionally succumb to). So that means any photo of yourself is going to be self portrait style. I personally like photos with people in them more than just landscape shots or whatever. For example, I like this better than this, and this better than this. Furthermore, I feel the need less to explain a photo if I'm standing in it, as in the photo at the right: you can tell that I'm stoked to be getting fresh orange juice, eh? Just a picture of an orange pile wouldn't be the same.

Anyhoo, this was meant to be a dumping ground for a few of the self portraits I've taken recently, so here they are (with a mini-defense about their purpose): "hey look, I bought a bike" and "since sunset pics rarely turn out with my camera, maybe if I reflect it off my sunglasses".

I could go on about my defense of self portrait pictures, but I won't. Instead, I'll just concede; yep, I'm just that egotistical.*
Tuesday December 22 2009File under: travel, USA

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on Tue 22nd Dec, 2009 11:34 am PST Mom said:
Got any photos of you and one of them 'gators?
on Wed 23rd Dec, 2009 05:47 am PST Christen said:
I'm on your side in the 'this v. this' debate - what's the point of a picture without someone in it? May as well just be a postcard otherwise. Not very artsy of me I know.
on Wed 23rd Dec, 2009 05:53 am PST Horge said:
I like the self-potrait ones, too. If nothing more than to see the state of your beard. However I disagree with your sunglasses-pic caption: my first thought on seeing it is not "I guess Wren's at the Everglades" :)
on Wed 23rd Dec, 2009 02:25 pm PST Ryan said:
You could have at least included the bicycle in your self portrait. What did you get as your trusty steed? I'm sure the best $25 could buy.
on Wed 23rd Dec, 2009 04:26 pm PST lani said:
I love your self portraits. Whoever thinks they're egotistical has their own ego problems. I see it as being open and sharing a part of yourself, which takes courage. keep 'em coming!
on Thu 24th Dec, 2009 06:39 am PST Sean said:
They're not even self portraits really. Much more interesting to see you in the picture than just a stack of oranges. Who disagrees? We'll fight.
on Fri 25th Dec, 2009 05:17 am PST Dave said:
we're all on your side, wren. keep the pictures of you coming.

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