It starts with a certain angle: a smartphone tilted at
45 degrees just above your eyeline is generally deemed the most forgiving.
Then a light source: the flattering beam of a backlit window or a bursting
supernova of flash reflected in a bathroom mirror, as preparations are under
way for a night out.
The pose is important. Knowing self-awareness is conveyed by
the slight raise of an eyebrow, the sideways smile that says you're not taking
it too seriously. A doe-eyed stare and mussed-up hair denotes natural beauty,
as if you've just woken up and can't help looking like this. Sexiness is
suggested by sucked-in cheeks, pouting lips, a nonchalant cock of the head and
a hint of bare flesh just below the clavicle. Snap!
Afterwards, a flattering filter is applied. Outlines are
blurred, colours are softened, a sepia tint soaks through to imply a simpler
era of vinyl records and VW camper vans.
All of this is the work of an instant. Then, with a single
tap, you are ready to upload: to Twitter, to Facebook,
to Instagram, each likeness accompanied by a self-referential hashtag.
Soon, you repeat the whole process, trying out a different pose. Again
and again. This then, is the addictive selfie: the self-portrait of the digital
age. We are all at it. Just type "selfie" into the Twitter search
bar. Or take a look at Instagram, where over 90million photos are currently
posted with the hashtag #me.
The Cameroon online users are not immune to this selfie
syndrome and even mama Chantou caught the bug. Here below are our best selfies
from the week...
|Lady Ponce, Music artist|
|Numerica & team - Music artist|
|Jeanne - Ludmilla beauty bar boss|
|Andrea - Blogger/culture influencer|
|Jay Milly (Fluri Boys) - Music artist|
|Diane Audrey - Visiter l'Afrique boss|
|Magasco - Music artist|
|Nathalie - Socialite|
|Stanley Enow - Rapper|
|Joan - Entertainment correspondent|
|Sebastian Bassong - Norwich City FC|
Find our other selfie posts here
Credit: Elizabeth Day | Guardian