2014, Family Selfie
On the one hand, selfies can be considered a somewhat low form of photography. They all tend to look the same, they frequently show little compositional effort, and for better or worse, they seem to live in the world of cell-phone preteens and annoying celebs pouting at the lens. On the other hand, sometimes you can catch a pretty special moment simply by turning the camera back around on yourself.
We were at a local music festival having a picnic in the field. It was a beautiful sunny summer day and we were with good friends enjoying a great time. Given that I’m the guy with the camera, the four of us are rarely in the same image together. There’s some wide angle distortion and I’m not sure that the focus point is exactly where I’d want it to be as far as maximum sharpness. While the tight framing gives us a sense of family closeness, I think a slightly wider lens would have helped overall. But even so, it turned out to be a photo that ended up being important to us as a family. And while making a stunning image is a fine goal, making a special one sometimes means more.
Olympus OM-D E-M1, 125 ISO, 1/100 @ f/3.5 Olympus 12/2