It’s close to summer, so the selfie sticks have emerged from hibernation with glorious abandon. Even your dog(s) is in on the action. They used the selfie stick to take a photo of them attempting to kidnap the partially cut meat off your kitchen counter. Or so the online video prophets have told me.
I simply have never understood the selfie stick. Instead of asking a kind passerby to take a picture of you, your friends and family, and said local landmark? No, no, you can just do it yourself with this partial makeshift club thingy. Why not just ask somebody for help instead?
My photography (and I take this word very loosely) is amateur garbage hour. So you can take my opinion as the garbage it is. But to me, selfie stick shots are the worst thing on the planet. The human always takes up too much of the frame, the angles are weird, the resolution on cell phone cameras remains crap, and it just doesn’t look natural.
All of this for what? So folks don’t have to talk to another human being? Hasn’t online death spiral of human contact taken us far enough down the non-contact-outside-our-own-personal-bubbles-realm? Why do we need yet another reason not to talk to another human we don’t know.
Destroy selfie sticks. Ask somebody instead. Let them take a picture of your special moment. Let them laugh with you at how awesome it is. Share the moment. Actually get a good shot you can remember. What do you have to lose?