Still, in recent years, the rise of camera phones has sped up their production and the rise of social media has given them a cultural context. Whether they’re doing it to document a part of their lives, chart the progress of a transformation they’re working towards, or just want to capture how they look in a given moment, it seems like almost everyone is taking selfies nowadays.
But, as with everything, there’s a right and wrong way to do them. We’re not going to get into the technical aspects of framing and lighting here. No, this is more about being aware of your surroundings before you take the picture.
It’s a lesson these 16 people learned the hard way.