Mirror Selfies

I’ve been a fooled a few times in the last couple of weeks by mirror selfies.

Regular readers will already know my hatred of selfies.  I hate the fact now that someone calls a photo of them self a “selfie” even when it’s not.  “Selfie” refers not just to the subject of the photo but the manner in which it was taken – by oneself.  I think that selfies that feature only a close up of yourself with no other context than “look at me and tell me how amazing I look” are incredibly narcissistic.

I also dislike the pillocks who would rather capture a picture of themselves at the event rather than the event itself.  I was at a football match last year when Liverpool were awarded a free kick in a promising position.  The crowd stood up and many got their phones out in anticipation of getting a photo as the net bulged.  The prat in front of me got his phone out, pointed it back at himself, positioned his face in front of the camera and smiled as whoever it was blazed the ball in to the upper tier of the Anfield Road End.

The thing that confused me about a mirror selfie is that it is, of course, a mirror image.  Honestly, sometimes I worry myself!  I was sat there, not for what I would call “ages” but for longer than it needed to be, trying to work out what was wrong.  I initially thought that only one thing didn’t make sense but then noticed a few more.  Eventually I concluded that the taker of the photo had flipped it on their phone or in an app or something even if I couldn’t work out the point of doing so.

It was days later when someone in Instagram confirmed that they weren’t engaged but had taken a photo in a mirror that it dawned on me what had happened!

As is the case with all photos and not just selfies, they show a snapshot of a particular point in time that might not be a fair reflection of what’s really there.  In a same way, a mirror can only show what’s in front of it, and even then it doesn’t really do it can be confusing!

So I was amused at the weekend when I saw this massive puddle in the street.  I know people can take amazing photos or scenery reflected in water and I’ve been experimenting with ripples on the canal as boats sail past.  Then I saw this and it was just a mess!  Sure, you can see lights and vague lines, but the reflection isn’t really showing a great deal of anything at all.

mirror

I can see clearly now, the rain has gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shining day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shining day

I think I can make it now, the pain has gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shining day

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue sky
Look straight ahead, nothing but blue sky

I can see clearly now, the rain has gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone’re the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shining day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shining day
Gonna be a bright, bright sun-shining day
Gonna be a bright, bright, bright sun-shining day

I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash

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