In Praise of #Selfie Culture


Many people are critical of #selfie culture. ‘Its narcissistic,’ is the most common complaint. When ‘selfie’ was named the Oxford English Dictionary ‘Word of The Year 2013′, a slew of articles appeared in the media bemoaning this as evidence of our self absorbed society.

However I think this is a one sided and sour view. Selfies offer us the opportunity to examine how we look at our faces and bodies. Are you able to look at yourself with love? How critical are you of what you see?

A few weeks ago I got bored of hearing the ‘its narcissistic’ line. Boredom became inspiration and created an internet project called #ISeeMe. This is a practice of sharing close-up selfies – images of a small part of your body, such as an eyebrow, lips, wrists, legs, hand. I do this every day except for the days when I’m staying offline. The aim is to encourage people to look at their own bodies with appreciation. Join in and let me know how you go. Just use the hashtag #ISeeMe when you share your close-up selfies. You can find mine most easily on Instagram @VenaRamphal.

Go on, celebrate your body with #Selfie culture.


Strong muscles, Vulnerable dip


Recently I’ve been creating and sharing a lot of content on different online  platforms. Last night I became aware of the double feeling of eloquence and vulnerability. The throat chakra is the space of expressing self in the world.

I took this selfie. The contours of my throat – strong muscles, vulnerable dip – embodied the dual feeling of eloquence and exposure.