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Self -ie or -portrait ?

Yesterday, to experiment a simple light setup (one large but directional light on top of the subject), I had no other model to play with, but myself.

Looking at results, I wondered… Are these images selfies or self-portraits ?

What a fundamental question: which difference between self-portrait and selfie !

According to the significant number of pages trying to give an undisputable answer , the image intent is considered as the main differentiator.

Are we just taking a picture of ourselves ? Or do we have an intention (artistic, politic,…) ? Interestingly enough, image quality doesn’t seems to matter…

So, now that the definition is clear…should I consider the image below as a selfie or a self-portrait ?


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