I’ve been taking selfies since before it was (un)cool

11 Nov 2014   390 words   , ,

closeThis post was published 6 years 11 months 5 days ago, which probably makes it incredibly outdated. It may not represent my current opinion on the subject, it may be an incoherent mess or it may just be way below the standards of my more recent posts. Please keep this in mind when reading.

Eight years, to be precise! On November 11th, 2006, I joined Michael‘s little daily photo project, which since then has flourished into a wonderful community. Some of my best friendships are a result of Participating in this project has become an integral part of my life, one I can no longer imagine living without.

And last year, the English language has even gained a word for what I’ve been doing all these years: selfies. I first became aware of this word in Australia, where I thought not much about it, except, “cool, a word for what I’ve been doing all these years!”. Back in Germany, however, I noticed that this word often has a somewhat negative connotation, such as in “Look, those idiots over there taking selfies…” — how disappointing. It might just be a cultural thing; everything in Germany is negative, stressful and annoying. Skepticism is a German’s natural state (also: lethargy). In Australia, on the other hand, everything is positive, friendly and awesome! This is also how I perceived the usage of the word “selfie” around the world. But maybe that’s entirely subjective.

Now that everyone is taking selfies, I still have the ultimate bragging rights: I’m one of a handful of people who have been doing it continuously for (in my case) exactly eight years! I have never missed a single day. Though a vast majority of my selfies are somewhat unspectacular, I have a wonderful visual diary of my life. When I browse through my archives, I can literally see myself evolve from an introverted hermit into whatever it is that I am now (slightly less introverted?). I have experienced so much in these eight years. I have traveled to so many places. I have found great new friends. I saw old friendships die. I also see things that didn’t happen: I still live in the same old city. Maybe it’s time to change that sooner or later…

Naturally, I will remain loyal to dailyfratze and myself in the future. This project is such a unique personal success. Even if I don’t always look good in my selfies (in fact, most of the time I look terrible), there’s still the success of having taken a self-portrait every single day for eight years. To celebrate, here’s a silly picture of me composed entirely of pictures of me!


7 comments on “I’ve been taking selfies since before it was (un)cool

  1. Jem says:

    I’m in awe of your dedication to your daily faces project. I can’t even remember to brush my teeth every day, let alone remember to take a picture 😉 It’s even more impressive to me as someone who’s effectively been face-anonymous on the internet for so long… I’m trying to make up for it now with lots of “selfies” but even so, 8 years: wow! 😀

    1. adastra says:

      Thank you! 🙂 When I started this, I had an alarm on my phone to remind me. But nowaways it’s just routine, sort of like brushing my teeth – which I usually remember to do every day 😉

      BTW, it’s never too late to join the craziness of dailyfratze 😀

  2. Tracy says:

    8 years?!?! Holy sh**! That’s a lot of Selfies 😀
    I once had a cam-portal like 6 or so years ago when I got my first Kompaktkamera. I took a lot of selfies back then but I don’t remember what the official name for those photos were. I stopped posting photos of me when I started work in 2009. I love the picture of you made from pictures of you 🙂

  3. Jonna says:

    You are amazing! Keep it up! /Jonna

  4. Cindy says:

    That’s super rad! I love that you now have such a complete visual record of how you’ve changed over the years. The composite photo itself is A+!

  5. silentdan says:

    wow! 8 years! great! 😀

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