Traditional Portraiture & Contemporary Selfies
Almost everyone has had their picture taken. Whether you’re in grade school and cheesin’ it up for the camera, goofin’ around with your friends on a night out, or having a professional photo shoot. It’s most likely that you’ve already been on camera, even if you don’t want to be.
Well, whether you’re camera shy or a camera hog today we’re talking about Traditional Portraiture. Here’s the scoop, a Traditional Portrait is most classified as a vertical shot or image of a person. This could be just the waist up, a full standing frame, or a close up. Traditional Portraits date back to before there were even cameras to capture those beautiful pearly white smiles. Let’s face it, we’re fascinated with each other and it’s a flattering gesture to show those you care about that you would like to capture their image eternally. That sentence came out creepier than I’d hoped! But, you get my point right?
Honestly, Traditional Portraits can come across as boring, or even frightening. Think about it, there’s a looming figure from some historical time period that you aren’t even sure of, who’s just staring at you. Try not to be frightened by Traditional Portraits, they’re historical and you have to remember that back then they didn’t have great dental hygiene. I’m joking! (But, in all seriousness they really didn’t) The reason people wouldn’t smile for Traditional Portraits is mainly because we’re all people of our time. In the past, the consensus at the time was that smiling was considered lower class. Smiling was left to the fools, the artists, the drunks, and the proles! If you were privileged enough to have a portrait of you created, you wouldn’t want to look inferior or low class. So, the tradition carried on through the years.
Now, it’s hard to find a picture of someone who isn’t smiling.
Traditional Portraits don’t have to be high class now, for example check out this dog!
The great thing we’ve noticed about Traditional and Contemporary Portraits is that they aren’t limited to just images of people. You can see throughout history that humans were just as obsessed with each other as they were about animals. Especially their pets! Not a lot has changed if you think about it. Ever notice the cute pictures of your friends pets on Facebook, and Instagram? It’s pretty typical. We see something that we adore, that intrigues us, that makes an impression and it’s our goal to capture the image of that thing we love in time.
Here are some famous animal portraits:
Google’s definition of the Contemporary Selfie:
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media. “occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary”
Selfies are now apart of our culture, they haven’t been that prevalent historically (Unless you think of a Selfie as a self portrait) but they’re now highly mainstream. They’re fast, easy, and you’re completely in control. Selfie wasn’t even a word until around 2002, and now selfies are known worldwide and they aren’t going anywhere!
So, whether you’re taking a Traditional Portrait or a Contemporary Selfie make sure you make it worth while!
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