Due to the Smartphone boom of recent years and their front facing cameras it has lead to a rise in ‘selfie’ pictures. They are photographic self-portraits and are commonly uploaded to social network sites or photo apps such as Instagram. The appeal of selfies comes from how easy they are to create and share, and the control they give self-photographers over how they present themselves. Many selfies are intended to present a flattering image of the person. They are typically taken with the photographing device at arms length or into a mirror (thereby capturing the reflection) and are as the word suggested ‘self-taken’.


The act of taking a ‘self-taken’ dates back to 1839 with Robert Corneluis however the most popular ‘selfie’ that pre-dates the digital age was taken in 1900 by an Edwardian woman via the portable Kodak box camera. The rise in popularity of ‘selfies’ has fluctuated since 2005 with a recent boom since 2010. By 2013, the word “selfie” had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.