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The Narcissus Effect

So many photos of our friends, family, pets - we're pretty much their paparazzi. So, sometimes when we catch a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror we think "wait a minute", what about me? Self-portraits are a meditative art and gateway to self-reflection. And though it's less 'personal' nowadays, as it's so commonplace and simple, it's interesting to see how passion, equivalent to Rembrandt, for self-portraiture is still alive with film-photography.

Photo by sjura

We all have self-portrait shots of ourselves in the mirror – heck, I have a few. Perhaps most of these aren’t on film, but those precious few are quite special indeed. Being framed in a bathroom mirror is just as special as a hundred’s of years old antique mirror hanging in a palace because it’s where I see myself, without fail, every morning and every night. Immortalized on film? Just precious. And, if you’ve noticed, we don’t mind having our camera’s in the shot with us because they’re photogenic whereas you’ll not find many phone or digital camera self-portraits featuring the apparatus.

Here are some Lomographers through a mirror – besides friends, where you’ll find the most accurate representation of yourself. After all, it was once known as a “looking-glass” was it not?

Speaking of the past, did you know the mirror self-portrait isn’t a recent thing?

Image via petapixel

The first image, dated 1917, shows Australian aviator Thomas Baker framed in his bedroom dresser’s mirror, taking a photo of himself with a Kodak.

So, take out that camera the next time your in a sweet grand old casino bathroom, outside a warehouse elevator, or in a bazar with small mirrors hanging around every bend. Share your favorites with us!

Information for this article was taken from petapixel

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