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Personal Project – my year in Selfies

About a month ago, I started a new personal project: “My year told via selfies” – it’s simple, every day I take a selfie, sometimes alone, sometimes accompanied, maybe in a bar, a restaurant, at work, at an airport, on holiday. And at the end of the year, I’ll have my year in selfies – what I did, who I was with, where I was.

 

I haven’t decided yet how I’ll share the shots: FB, or my blog. What I can guarantee, is that I won’t be taking the lead of the secretary who tweeted nude selfies taken in the Swiss parliament. If you don’t know about the story, the images are no doubt available via a Google search.

 

In the meantime, if we meet up, I’d be happy to include you in my project 🙂

 

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August 30, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Travel Revolution – the Millenials have arrived

20130815_Millennial_Traveller  By the end of the decade, millenials (those who are, in very broad terms, between 18 and 30 years of age) will be the travel market’s biggest sector.

 

I have been living the Up in the Air life the last few months, since starting in a new, exciting job. I’ve seemingly slept in hotels more than in my own bed since April, so much so that several times I have woken up in the night, not knowing where I am.

 

Despite being tired after each of my early starts (I wake up before the birds begin their song) I always ask for the wi-fi code (in reality, I no longer need to – they know me at the hotel, greet me by name, and hand me the wifi code even before my room key). It doesn’t matter where I am, or how tired I am, it seems that a prerequisite for the 21st century traveller is that hotels offers free wi-fi – why should we pay for a basic right? (the right to stay connected). It’s as much a way to save on expensive roaming charges, as it is the sense of community, to stay connected, wherever we are, and at whatever hour.

 

Wifi allows me to sit in a bar or a cafe, with views of the street, the sea, the park, to chill out late at night, or early in the evening or morning, scanning the news, answering emails, or posting photos of my travels, opinions, where I am in life, how I am, what I’m drinking, whether it’s an orange juice to start my day, or the beer or Prosecco at the end of it.

 

CNN did a great little series of short documentaries on millenial’s travel preferentials, from hotels to airports and bars.

 

When on travels, (business or pleasure, or a mixture of the two), what do you look for in twenty-first century hotels?

 

 

 

See the video, Fussy millennials redefine travel:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/international/2013/11/14/spc-business-traveller-millennials-a.cnn&c=/SPECIALS/business.traveller/index.html&video_referrer=

 

Image from: http://www.hotelnewsnow.com/article/11031/Hoteliers-seek-loyalty-among-millennials

 

August 23, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Selfie culture

  There was a time, when if a group of Friends, on holiday, held a camera up to take a self-portrait, a passer-by would have stopped and asked if they wanted a group photo, to which the friends would have gladly accepted. That was before the “selfie” became fashionable – although I have selfies from the pre-digital age, when one had to wait for the film to be developed, to view the image!!).

 

There are those who don’t like them (I personally love them), but in the social media age there is something quite personal about taking a selfie, and something quite satisfying about immediately sharing it on facebook for friends to see.

 

The selfie has become something almost cultural, standing alone in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Whether an individual wanting to share their experience atop the world’s highest peak, actors at the Oscars, the President of the United States, the Mars rover, work colleagues or friends, anybody can take part and define their individual moment, share it and post-it. The selfie is spontaneous, not perfectly framed – people gather in close, creating the emotion on the close-ups of their faces. They are our pop art. If we want a photo of the Statue of Liberty, most of us have the small lady in the distance taken from the Staten Island Ferry; many of us have the group shot taken by a fellow tourist slightly miffed that we are ruining his moment by asking him to take our photo – now we can take the photo, and then a selfie – this one is the Statue of Liberty, and that’s me with my friends, in the moment, freezing our asses off as a cold wind wraps itself around the ferry! And ever since the camera became an integral part of the cellphone, we can take a selfie and share it anytime, anywhere (which of course is not always a good thing, despite how funny we believe it is to drink and selfie: once posted, that image may go viral).

 

So the next time you see between one and twelve people (is there a world record for most number of people in a selfie?) take a self-portrait, don’t be too keen to offer to take a group shot for them.

As a side note, Google “selfie” and look for images 🙂

August 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment