I am not narcissistic, or at least, I do not consider myself as one. However, when people see me taking self-portraits or posting them on my blog or my Instagram account, they tend to disagree with me.
From one side, they might not be completely wrong, because we’re always spammed with articles saying that social media is making us more narcissistic than ever. It’s, somehow, true. I mean, all the Snapchat filters smooth your face and whiten your teeth, which makes you keener to share your pictures with other people.
But I don’t see it like this. For me, it’s always been about putting into action my passion for photography and building high quality memories. And we often tend to forget the latter.
With the exaggerated use of Instagram and Snapchat stories, we’re all capturing every single detail of our life, which is great if we want to build memories. But people, these memories are grainy, dull and most of the time, blurry. Try to zoom in a picture you took directly from the Snapchat or Instagram, and you’ll see I’m not exaggerating.
I’m not always carrying my camera, but I always take the picture directly from the camera app on my phone, because I don’t want to have low-quality memories.
Even when I print my pictures, I make sure I do it with a professional company and a random that appears on Google Search.
This self-portrait—I know, that sounds narcissistic, was printed thanks to SAAL Digital. And I must admit, it’s good to see someone other than me that concerned with image quality.
You can print your images on different materials, such as PVC, glass or even Canvas. I chose Aluminum, because I never knew you could print on such material—remember, I’m not an expert. And the result was not disappointing at all. The printed wall photo has a glossy shine, and the exact same colors. But remember that you should always slightly increase your exposure, but I didn’t do it, because I am a big fan of darker images.
You can definitely say I have a major crush, and that I know where all my savings are going to end.
That being said, Choose your side, kids.
Wall photo printed by SAAL Digital, Lanvin tie, Aesop Mandarin Face cream, Primerose Mask, Rind Concentrate Body Balm and Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser , Lindt Chocolate, French GQ May Issue, Diesel Glasses, and Canon 50mm f1.4 lens