Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Selfie (Old School?)

This week photo challenge is ‘selfie’.

Smartphones introduced a new form of self-portraits: selfies.
Smartphones are small, mostly have two cameras (front and back) and are easy to use.
Self focus, a very wide angle lens, very sensitive sensors. Easy. Results instantly viewable.
Not happy? Take another one. You just put yourself in front of something and shoot.
Funny enough people take a lot of them still in mirrors, why?
To show the self of the selfie in its context of its environment?
After that, put it on the internet and voilà! The whole world can see you.
For me it gets a little boring. And funny at the same time to witness and take pictures of (‘themsies’?)

Taking pictures of one self before the time of the smartphone however was a bit more difficult.
Using a self-timer or a mirror – or anything reflecting – would do the trick most of the time.
But you had no idea what it looked like. The film had to be developed first to get an idea of the result.
Focus, lightning etc was mostly manual. With all that  it was more creative and more fun.
Here are some old school self portraits. To honor the theme.

The B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series.
That series caught on a bit more than I thought.
All of them are not retouched yet.
Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

All Nikon F90 on Kodak TriX, scanned from film and edited using  Snapseed andMarksta’
Except ‘Paris’shot with Pentax K1000 on Ilford XP1
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