A recent trip to Paris, France, I found myself struggling to bring my creative voice to some of the most iconic and most photographed places on earth. I am a stickler for good clean shots and I quickly learned that is an impossibility whenever there are thousands of tourists everywhere.
I decided that if you can’t beat them you might as well join them! As a portrait photographer, it was only natural that I began to photograph other tourists. It was quite intriguing to me how the selfie had crossed all ethnic and cultural boundaries. The Eiffel Tower and Arch De Triomphe merely became a backdrop for all the ‘cell’ fie absorbed tourists. It was actually comical how the selfie is done by different cultures and how oblivious we are to our surroundings while mastering the perfect selfie. In some instances, I was a mere two feet away and yet went unnoticed by all the selfie takers.
I couldn’t wait to get home and edit the photos just to see what I had captured. You see, it’s not easy photographing people in their element while other people are walking in front or even around your unknowing subject. There were only a few times that I knew I hit what I call “selfie gold” at the time of capture. I had just as much fun editing as I did capturing, so I decided to marry the two together in a photojournalistic interactive exhibit. The above photo was me toiling with which photos were show worthy! Too many photos too little time.
Everyone is invited to attend a fun display of my work, The Narcissique Touriste, on Monday, August 2nd at the Broken Arrow Historical Museum, 400 South Main Street, Broken Arrow, OK from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. You, too, can visit pictures of these same iconic vistas in the gallery, and are encouraged to take your own selfies at this “stay and play” exhibit.